'Ghost markings’ trial underway

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Published on 16 December 2020 by Mike Waters

Highways England has launched a new trial to test for solutions to the problem of ‘ghost markings’. 

Caused by faint remains of old road markings remaining on the road after most of them have been removed, ‘ghost markings’ are a common source of confusion and can be especially troublesome when conditions are bright.  

To help tackle this problem, a test of seven potential solutions is being conducted on the M5 between junctions 20 (Clevedon, Nailsea) and 18 (Avonmouth) along with a further five new ways to remove old white lines in ways that do not leave ‘ghost markings’. 

Commenting, Highways England’s Head of Lean and Continuous Improvement Martin Bolt said: “The trial will continue until April, but the results so far have been very promising and the safety benefits are already clear. We are very optimistic that we have identified some effective solutions to a worldwide problem.” 
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