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Drivers see red over new road markings on A49
BRIGHT red road markings painted on one of Herefordshire’s busiest stretches of road could lead to confusion, a motorist group has warned.
The ‘street art’ on the A49 at Much Birch is intended to improve safety at a stretch of road the Highways Agency describes as “prone to accidents”.
But Herefordshire Advanced Motorists say the work could cause more problems than it solves.
“Our concern about lots of road markings is that you can end up with too much paint on the road,” said group chairman David Williams.
“What are they trying to achieve by putting red paint there? The message can be confusing.
“A ‘stop sign’, for instance, is a 50 pence shape. If it is covered in dirt or snow you still know you are approaching a ‘stop sign’.
Mr Williams added that when it comes to driving, education is the key.
Baz Abdulla from the Highways Agency said the red tarmac should “improve skid resistance and visability at that location”.
He said the stretch of road has been identified by the agency as prone to accidents.
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