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.
White lines are being removed from busy roads across the country in an attempt to slow motorists down. Highway chiefs say blank roads introduce a sense of uncertainty that prompts motorists to drive more cautiously, especially when faced with oncoming traffic. Research shows removing the central white line, a feature of British roads for almost 100 years, can reduce the average speed of a vehicle by 13 per cent.