In the United Kingdom, the government regulates certain road markings to maintain consistency for residents. The consistent lines and other marks on the road result in safety for both drivers and pedestrians.
At Anglo Liners, we abide by government regulations and mark the roads accordingly. By law, drivers in particular have to follow UK road markings as they travel in and out of town.
UK Road Lines
In the UK, there are many roadway lines that drivers need to pay attention to while traveling in their cars:
- Broken white centre line: this dashed line down the centre of the carriageway divides traffic traveling in opposite directions. The dashes and the gaps between them are roughly the same size.
- Broken white lane line: this dashed line divides the lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction. The dashes are shorter and the gaps between them are longer than the centre line.
- Broken white hazard warning line: this dashed line warns drivers of an upcoming hazard such as the approach to a junction or a bend in the road. The dashes are longer than the ones used for the centre line and the gaps are much smaller between them.
- Double solid white lines: these lines are not to be crossed unless the driver is turning into a side road or property. They can also be crossed if the driver is trying to pass around a cyclist, horseback rider, or road work vehicle.
- Single solid white line: this line is painted on the left sides of the carriageway. They usually exist on private driveways and lay-bys.
- Double solid yellow lines: these lines show drivers where there is absolutely no waiting at any time.
- Single solid yellow line: this line shows drivers that there are part-time parking restrictions enforced in the area.
- Double and single red lines: these lines show drivers that there are stopping, loading, and parking restrictions enforced in the area.
- Yellow zig-zagged lines: these lines are generally used to mark police and fire stations, schools, and hospitals. Generally speaking, there is no parking in these areas.
UK Road Markings
There are a number of road markings in the UK that drivers need to be aware of when using the roads. Here are some of the most common:
- Triangular give way markings: they are found before junctions in the road and represent “give way”. Drivers need to yield to cross traffic.
- Stop markings: in addition to a white line that stops traffic, the word “stop” can also be found on the roadways to mark the location where cars need to stop for cross traffic. By law, drivers must come to a full and complete stop whether or not they see cars approaching.
- Hatched markings: diagonal hatched markings are used on the roadway to show drivers where opposing traffic is separated. These hatched markings are usually bordered with a solid or dashed line. These areas can also be used to show lane additions and reductions as the carriageways progress.
- Chevron markings: the chevron shape is used to show drivers where the lane is divided into two. They can be used to divide two lanes of traffic flowing in the same or opposite directions.
- Directional arrow markings: the carriageways are filled with directional arrows to show drivers which way traffic is flowing. These are keys to safety, preventing cars from traveling the wrong way in traffic.
- Cycle markings: lanes and boxes are marked for cyclists. These are important to keep distance between cyclists and drivers and provide safety to all.
- Keep clear markings: There are “keep clear” boxes in the carriageways to mark areas where cars are not allowed to idle. These areas are usually in junctions where it is crucial for traffic to pass in case of emergencies. These tend to also help increase smooth traffic flow and prevent congestion and gridlock. Sometimes, areas that need to be kept clear are also marked with a yellow, criss-crossed set of lines within a solid yellow border.