Sometimes it is difficult to understand precisely how some government initiatives or decisions see the light of day. 

In this case I find it difficult to understand the perspective of the 'highway chiefs' that want to remove white lines to slow motorists down. Even if that were correct, and it may be, I would have thought that actively adopting a programme of removing white lines from roads is sure to cause unnecessary traffic disruption. 

On the other hand, if the retreat from white lines marks the high watermark of over-engineering local roads, then I suspect it will be welcomed by many developers that have to deal with the demands of section 278 agreements.