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Road lining trial could save taxpayers thousands of pounds

19 July 2016

New longer-lasting road markings could save taxpayers thousands of pounds if trials in Chelmsford and Colchester are successful.

Engineers will use the methyl methacrylate (MMA) process for the first time in Essex when repainting white lines on the Army and Navy Roundabout this week.

The new process is proven to keep road markings clearer for longer, helping improve safety while saving money on road maintenance costs.

The work is taking place over four nights – between 8pm to 5am Tuesday 19 July until Friday 22 July – to minimise disruption on the busy roundabout. Lane closures will be in place between these hours.

The same technique will be used on Greenstead Roundabout in Colchester later this summer.

Current “thermoplastic” materials used can wear rapidly with heavy traffic use.

The use of MMA will be a trial with a view to rolling it out across the county if successful.

Councillor Rodney Bass, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “We look forward to seeing the results of this new material and particularly how well it holds up under heavy traffic over time.

“If successful, this trial could be rolled out across the county and reduce maintenance costs, saving the taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds.

“It is essential that we take advantage of the newest and most innovative techniques to ensure we get the best value for money for the taxpayer on Essex roads.”

White line road markings on roads are essential for safety and often for the efficient working of busy junctions.