RSMA comment on the Transport Select Committee Inquiry on local roads funding and governance

6 December 2018

Stu McInroy, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) has today voiced his disappointment at the failure to date of the Transport Committee to take an holistic approach in its inquiry into ‘Funding and Governance of Local Roads in England’.

‘‘The inquiry has the appearance of being entirely road-surface centric. The two oral evidence sessions to date have focused almost exclusively on the assessment and degradation of the material comprising road (pavement) surfaces, with any remaining evidence sessions likely to include only representation from Local and Combined authorities,” he said.

“The Committee’s focus fails to acknowledge that the road ‘system’ comprises a much broader spectrum of activity than simply the road surface and the repair of potholes - it is anachronistic to ignore the very significant positive effect that professionally applied, well-maintained road markings play in all areas covered by the inquiry – road markings are a key component of a safe and effective local roads network. I fear that the Committee’s focus appears to miss this point.

“Road markings are a crucial contributor to driver safety. Where Local Authority budgets are stretched, improved or redesigned road markings can achieve enhancements in road safety comparable to expensive engineering and highway restructuring solutions at a fraction of the cost of major engineering projects.’’

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