reducing congestion and improving vehicle safety at motorway
junctions has been launched by the Highways Agency.
chevron markings at motorway junctions. The study will investigate
whether there is a link between the length and width of chevron road
markings and how frequently motorists overstep them. The results will
be used to provide better advice to road designers to form part of
new safety standards.
The consultants carrying out the research would like to hear from
local authorities, other consultants and practitioners who are
carrying out similar research, or interested parties who have views
on the subject.
The research is being carried out because, as the number of vehicles
on our motorways increases, it becomes more important to regulate the
movement of traffic at junctions for the safety of drivers and the
smooth flow of traffic. Areas of chevron road markings in the form of
'noses' and 'ghost islands' are used to separate lanes of traffic
flowing in the same direction, and a variety of lengths and widths of
these chevron road-marking areas is used across the country to suit
Gordon Heath, the Highways Agency's senior technical adviser for
'We are looking for views on where specific problems are occurring at
motorway junctions on the network, such as where vehicles are
crossing solid white line road markings into chevron areas. We would
also like to hear about locations where the operation of a motorway
merge or diverge is perceived as being very good with few or no
'We hope the results of this project will enable us to optimise the
impact of road markings at motorway junctions and improve both the
safety of drivers and the flow of traffic.'
1. The research is being carried out by Atkins Highways and
Transportation on behalf of the Highways Agency. Anyone wishing to
contribute to the study should contact Andy Gilbert, Atkins Highways
and Transportation, Woodcote Grove, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5BW Tel:
01372 756383 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for
Transport, which manages, maintains and improves the network of trunk
roads and motorways in England on behalf of the secretary of state.
It works closely with other transport operators and with local
authorities to integrate the trunk road network with the rest of
England's roads and other forms of transport. More information is
available at www.highways.gov.uk