Safety fears over new road markings at roundabout

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A Carnoustie resident has expressed concerns that drivers are ignoring new road markings at a roundabout, saying their actions mean there is “an accident waiting to happen”.

New road markings have recently been painted on the Barry Road roundabout leading to Main Street and MacDonald Smith Drive, known locally as the Barry bypass.

There are now painted arrows on Barry Road with the left lane for turning left onto Main Street only and the right lane traffic for either continuing straight on Barry Road or turning right onto MacDonald Smith Drive.

The resident, who has asked not to be named, explained that previously there were no signs on the road and said the new markings are causing tailbacks in the right hand lane, leading drivers to use the left turn only lane for going straight on to bypass the queues.

The gentleman explained the roundabout was installed around 10 years ago with the left hand lane being used by drivers to turn on to Main Street and go straight over and the right hand lane for turning on to MacDonald Smith Drive.

However, Angus Council says the new markings were in response to safety fears raised by members of the public.

The resident told us: “It is a safety concern. People are rushing down and if there are no cars in the right hand lane they use it but if there are one or two cars in the lane they say ‘I’m not waiting’ and use the left hand lane to go straight on. It is an accident waiting to happen.

“The police should be monitoring the situation at peak times. If any people are breaking the law and offend they should be dealt with. They should nip it in the bud.

“On two occasions I have been in the right hand lane indicating to turn right down MacDonald Smith Drive when someone went in the left hand lane to go straight on and just about caused a collision.”

He added one of the near misses was where a minibus carrying children used the left hand lane to go straight on when he was turning right.

The man suggested traffic calming measures and signage for drivers to reduce their speed could be installed instead of the road markings.

He questioned why signs weren’t put up warning drivers of new road markings, but said he was told by the council this was not a legal requirement. He added after he spoke to the authority he has been told his comments regarding police monitoring and vehicle speeds will be raised at the August 2016 Traffic Co-Ord meeting, which is also attended by representatives from Police Scotland.

An Angus Council spokesman said: “The roundabout’s layout is designed to national standard, with painted directional arrows in place to make clear which lane to use. It is a layout common to a number of roundabouts in Angus and was established as an improvement following concerns about the previous layout. While the roundabout can be negotiated by two cars side by side, this should not happen given that the left lane is for left turns only.

“There have been no reported incidents locally and we would remind drivers to always be aware of their road environment, including traffic, pedestrians, weather conditions and of course traffic signs and road markings.”