Priority road markings are:
- "Stop" and "Give Way" markings;
- markings associated with traffic regulation orders (legal requirement for waiting and parking restrictions);
- double white line systems;
- warning centre line markings (4 metres line & 2 metres gap up to and including 40 mph roads and 6 metres line & 3 metres gap on the high speed network);
- markings associated with formal pedestrian crossing places (e.g. signalised/zebra crossings) and mini-roundabouts.
- junction protection markings
If we replace the top layer of the road by resurfacing or surface dressing, road markings will usually be replaced once the new road surface has been laid. However, this is dependent on weather conditions as lining in wet or damp weather can affect the quality of the work.
Please note that we may not replace the lines "like for like". A number of trials around the country have demonstrated that the removal of some road markings can have a positive effect on road safety by reducing vehicle speeds. This approach also supports the need for Suffolk Highways to reduce its ongoing maintenance liabilities.
Replacement of the lining and road studs will be made on a road hierarchy basis, this considers the usage of the road and strategic importance within the county network. For more information on road hierarchies please visit Categories of roads, footways and cycleways
Road markings will be renewed following surfacing work as follows:
- on road types 2 and 3a, we will replace all existing road markings;
- on road types 3b, 4a and 4b, we will replace all priority road markings. Other markings will only be renewed where a specific need is identified.
- on road types 3b, 4a and 4b, we will not replace plain centre lines road markings (2 metres line & 4 metres gap up to and including 40 mph roads and 3 metres line & 6 metres gap on the high speed network) unless a specific need is identified