Paint ORANGE at emergency shelters can be a slip and fall hazard on smart highways, leaked documents reveal.
Paint makes roads slippery, especially when it’s wet, meaning vehicles pulling multiple floors could hit stopped vehicles or people standing next to them, National Highway documents show.
Traffic officials blamed the near miss on the M6 near junction 16 on a design flaw, warning that it was likely to flare up again. Online email reported.
An internal email called it “a high-potential incident of high severity, for example if a member of the public was standing in the back near their vehicle”.
Another said: “Because there could be a bigger problem with the [refuge areas] using this orange paint can this be investigated and found a solution? ”
AA President Edmund King called the findings a serious concern.
Nicholas Lyes, RAC’s head of road policy, added: “Given the short lengths of these refuges and the high-speed entry and exit of vehicles, adequate grip is essential. to avoid a serious collision when rejoining the highway, especially when the road is wet. condition.”
National Highways has launched an investigation and confirmed that only a small number of homes were affected.
300 refuges in the smart highway network began to be painted in 2017 to make them visible.
Claire Mercer, whose husband Jason was killed on a long stretch of the M1 without a stiff shoulder, said a safety feature has made the roads more dangerous.
She added: “It’s ridiculous and it brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.
“Nothing can replace a strong shoulder forever.”
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