Wonky white lines that have baffled residents ‘meant to look that way’

Bournemouth Echo: HICCUP: White lines with an unusual curve at East Borough in Wimborne HICCUP: White lines with an unusual curve at East Borough in Wimborne

IT MIGHT look like the worker who painted these white lines on the road had a bad day..

But despite the baffling appearance of the markings, Dorset County Council’s highways boss said they’re actually meant to look that way.

Residents were surprised to see the not-so-straight lines on the tarmac in East Borough, Wimborne, earlier this week.

Jennifer Carpenter, a community carer for Premier Care Dorset, sent a photograph of the lines in to the Bournemouth Echo.

She said: “It just struck me as really funny when I saw the lines.

“It’s ludicrous. That road’s a bit of a rat run anyway, particularly in the mornings, and there’s always people driving along it, so I think there’s going to be quite a lot of confusion.”

She said she has “no idea” how the lines were painted on the road in such a wobbly fashion.

“I can’t logically explain how this has happened,” she said.

“I thought it could be that they’re trying to create more room for the Gulliver’s Court exit, but it just makes the road narrower on the other side. It’s crazy.”

But Adrian Norcombe, construction manager for Dorset County Council’s highways, said the white lines will be a familiar sight for many locals.

“This road has recently been resurfaced as part of the defects programme,” he said.

“The white lines that have been put down are replicating what was on the road before we resurfaced.

"We take detailed measurements of the existing markings to ensure that parking bays et cetera are reinstated in the correct legal positions.

“These markings were installed as part of a traffic engineering scheme which was carried out in 2007 when the road was restricted to 20mph.

“Our team have had a number of residents thank them for reinstating the curve as it helps to slow down traffic in a road that was previously considered a rat run.”

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7:16am Thu 27 Feb 14

Lord Spring says...

The lines are straight its the way they are set out.
A bit like Morecombe and Wise, .all the right notes but not in right places
The lines are straight its the way they are set out. A bit like Morecombe and Wise, .all the right notes but not in right places Lord Spring
  • Score: 24

8:53am Thu 27 Feb 14

rayc says...

"These markings were installed as part of a traffic engineering scheme which was carried out in 2007 when the road was restricted to 20mph."

What are they meant to do and does it work? If as it appears from the article that it maybe that it "helps to slow down traffic" how does it do it? It looks quite easy to drive along the road in excess of the limit if the driver desires to. 'Traffic engineering' schemes are more about social engineering rather that what their title suggests. What is it about council's and their desire to paint every road surface in more and more paint of various colours?
"These markings were installed as part of a traffic engineering scheme which was carried out in 2007 when the road was restricted to 20mph." What are they meant to do and does it work? If as it appears from the article that it maybe that it "helps to slow down traffic" how does it do it? It looks quite easy to drive along the road in excess of the limit if the driver desires to. 'Traffic engineering' schemes are more about social engineering rather that what their title suggests. What is it about council's and their desire to paint every road surface in more and more paint of various colours? rayc
  • Score: 0

8:53am Thu 27 Feb 14

spooki says...

So the painter cocked it up, now they're saying why they're not going to repaint, "it's meant to look like that...honest"
So the painter cocked it up, now they're saying why they're not going to repaint, "it's meant to look like that...honest" spooki
  • Score: 18

8:58am Thu 27 Feb 14

live-and-let-live says...

goobledegook is the only word i can think of to describe what was said to explain that stupid paint job.
goobledegook is the only word i can think of to describe what was said to explain that stupid paint job. live-and-let-live
  • Score: 22

9:02am Thu 27 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

Seeing as dashed white lines can be crossed if the road is clear, what exactly does this achieve apart from looking stupid? Unless something is pulling out from the junction on the right of the picture, I would assume that all traffic will simply straightline the road as there would be no good reason to weave about.
Seeing as dashed white lines can be crossed if the road is clear, what exactly does this achieve apart from looking stupid? Unless something is pulling out from the junction on the right of the picture, I would assume that all traffic will simply straightline the road as there would be no good reason to weave about. speedy231278
  • Score: 27

9:24am Thu 27 Feb 14

BarrHumbug says...

I guess it does kind of make sense, with cars parked along the road, pulling out of the side road means hang to stick your nose out to see past the parked cars so oncoming cars can manoeuvre around without crossing into the path of the opposite traffic? Still looks silly though.
I guess it does kind of make sense, with cars parked along the road, pulling out of the side road means hang to stick your nose out to see past the parked cars so oncoming cars can manoeuvre around without crossing into the path of the opposite traffic? Still looks silly though. BarrHumbug
  • Score: 5

9:25am Thu 27 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

Oh hang on
they look straight to nobath when he's had his beer and weed you know
straight as a die.
Oh hang on they look straight to nobath when he's had his beer and weed you know straight as a die. nickynoodah
  • Score: -24

9:29am Thu 27 Feb 14

jazzy jenkins says...

Recipe for accidents I would say!!
Recipe for accidents I would say!! jazzy jenkins
  • Score: 9

9:32am Thu 27 Feb 14

jazzy jenkins says...

Recipe for accidents I would say !!
Recipe for accidents I would say !! jazzy jenkins
  • Score: 2

9:34am Thu 27 Feb 14

Eddie's dog says...

Dorset County Council’s Highways Department - we should all vote for the top ten ridiculous / funny / dangerous road designs. Number one at the moment must be the cycle lane in the middle of the road at Wimborne Road / Wessex Way roundabout, but this 'wonky white line' is up there.....
Dorset County Council’s Highways Department - we should all vote for the top ten ridiculous / funny / dangerous road designs. Number one at the moment must be the cycle lane in the middle of the road at Wimborne Road / Wessex Way roundabout, but this 'wonky white line' is up there..... Eddie's dog
  • Score: 22

9:45am Thu 27 Feb 14

EGHH says...

Pointless no one is going to obey them! Be more accidents caused by those that do!!
Pointless no one is going to obey them! Be more accidents caused by those that do!! EGHH
  • Score: 9

10:02am Thu 27 Feb 14

chris77 says...

What a flipping joke you plank.
Ok so if there is a car on the left hand side parked in the bay how do I get past.
Also the road has had it white lines straight for years with no problems so why change this.JOKER
What a flipping joke you plank. Ok so if there is a car on the left hand side parked in the bay how do I get past. Also the road has had it white lines straight for years with no problems so why change this.JOKER chris77
  • Score: 10

10:02am Thu 27 Feb 14

steve518 says...

Sounds like typical council BS
Sounds like typical council BS steve518
  • Score: 9

10:15am Thu 27 Feb 14

suzigirl says...

There is a line like that on Ashley Road!
There is a line like that on Ashley Road! suzigirl
  • Score: -2

10:19am Thu 27 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

the lines were straight to begin with
I blame the wind and rain.
the lines were straight to begin with I blame the wind and rain. nickynoodah
  • Score: -1

10:24am Thu 27 Feb 14

504gld says...

Engineering scheme in 2007 eh? Well I suppose we can safely say two years later all that would still be in place???? Have a look at Google street view dated June 2009, looks rather different. http://goo.gl/maps/4
Sl5i
Engineering scheme in 2007 eh? Well I suppose we can safely say two years later all that would still be in place???? Have a look at Google street view dated June 2009, looks rather different. http://goo.gl/maps/4 Sl5i 504gld
  • Score: 6

11:00am Thu 27 Feb 14

RAMON HH says...

I can only think that the boss of Dorset County Council's Highways Department must only ride a bicycle, or better still walk; as it would be near impossible to follow those lines in Wast Borough, Wimborne, driving a car. As for Adrian Norcombe Construction Manager for Dorset County Councils Highways comments, 'unbelievable'. No doubt he and his Department is also responsible for the very dangerous traffic calming system that has caused many head on accidents and near misses and calms nothing at all but just adds frustration to motorists in Middlehill Road, Colehill.
I can only think that the boss of Dorset County Council's Highways Department must only ride a bicycle, or better still walk; as it would be near impossible to follow those lines in Wast Borough, Wimborne, driving a car. As for Adrian Norcombe Construction Manager for Dorset County Councils Highways comments, 'unbelievable'. No doubt he and his Department is also responsible for the very dangerous traffic calming system that has caused many head on accidents and near misses and calms nothing at all but just adds frustration to motorists in Middlehill Road, Colehill. RAMON HH
  • Score: 7

11:25am Thu 27 Feb 14

rayc says...

504gld wrote:
Engineering scheme in 2007 eh? Well I suppose we can safely say two years later all that would still be in place???? Have a look at Google street view dated June 2009, looks rather different. http://goo.gl/maps/4

Sl5i
Be interesting to see " the "detailed measurements of the existing markings to ensure that parking bays et cetera are reinstated in the correct legal positions. “These markings were installed as part of a traffic engineering scheme which was carried out in 2007 when the road was restricted to 20mph."
They appear to be mistaken as the 2009 street view link does not show them in that format.
[quote][p][bold]504gld[/bold] wrote: Engineering scheme in 2007 eh? Well I suppose we can safely say two years later all that would still be in place???? Have a look at Google street view dated June 2009, looks rather different. http://goo.gl/maps/4 Sl5i[/p][/quote]Be interesting to see " the "detailed measurements of the existing markings to ensure that parking bays et cetera are reinstated in the correct legal positions. “These markings were installed as part of a traffic engineering scheme which was carried out in 2007 when the road was restricted to 20mph." They appear to be mistaken as the 2009 street view link does not show them in that format. rayc
  • Score: 11

12:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

CockleKate says...

Someone riding a bike along there is going to catch a right packet when some old biddy driving along religiously following the white line suddenly takes a swing to the left.
Someone riding a bike along there is going to catch a right packet when some old biddy driving along religiously following the white line suddenly takes a swing to the left. CockleKate
  • Score: 9

12:25pm Thu 27 Feb 14

suzigirl says...

CockleKate wrote:
Someone riding a bike along there is going to catch a right packet when some old biddy driving along religiously following the white line suddenly takes a swing to the left.
Do cyclists use the road?
[quote][p][bold]CockleKate[/bold] wrote: Someone riding a bike along there is going to catch a right packet when some old biddy driving along religiously following the white line suddenly takes a swing to the left.[/p][/quote]Do cyclists use the road? suzigirl
  • Score: 3

12:31pm Thu 27 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

suzigirl wrote:
CockleKate wrote:
Someone riding a bike along there is going to catch a right packet when some old biddy driving along religiously following the white line suddenly takes a swing to the left.
Do cyclists use the road?
Only when there's no pavement.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CockleKate[/bold] wrote: Someone riding a bike along there is going to catch a right packet when some old biddy driving along religiously following the white line suddenly takes a swing to the left.[/p][/quote]Do cyclists use the road?[/p][/quote]Only when there's no pavement. speedy231278
  • Score: 11

1:46pm Thu 27 Feb 14

kingstonpaul says...

Joking aside, this is just one more distraction for motorists that means less care and attention can be given to the basic task of driving safely. There is far too much junk and clutter in the form of road markings and signage for the brain to cope with, and it is making driving much more hazardous. Ultimately, this is a direct consequence of local councils using roads as a way of raising taxes through fines.
Joking aside, this is just one more distraction for motorists that means less care and attention can be given to the basic task of driving safely. There is far too much junk and clutter in the form of road markings and signage for the brain to cope with, and it is making driving much more hazardous. Ultimately, this is a direct consequence of local councils using roads as a way of raising taxes through fines. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 4

2:22pm Thu 27 Feb 14

skydriver says...

What a load of rubbish we allow the council to tell us. If that was the case why are there not more of these daft lines, is this council worker on something stronger than coffee............, what a total fool!
What a load of rubbish we allow the council to tell us. If that was the case why are there not more of these daft lines, is this council worker on something stronger than coffee............, what a total fool! skydriver
  • Score: 6

3:23pm Thu 27 Feb 14

apm1954 says...

they have all gone mad, about time some people with common sense worked and were elected to this crazy council.
they have all gone mad, about time some people with common sense worked and were elected to this crazy council. apm1954
  • Score: 4

4:51pm Thu 27 Feb 14

tbpoole says...

apm1954 wrote:
they have all gone mad, about time some people with common sense worked and were elected to this crazy council.
Funny how lots of people claim to have common sense, and yet still go on to have accidents on the road. It must desert them at the critical moment.
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: they have all gone mad, about time some people with common sense worked and were elected to this crazy council.[/p][/quote]Funny how lots of people claim to have common sense, and yet still go on to have accidents on the road. It must desert them at the critical moment. tbpoole
  • Score: 0

5:25pm Thu 27 Feb 14

loftusrod says...

No such things as rat runs, this is merely another road which is available for road users.
No such things as rat runs, this is merely another road which is available for road users. loftusrod
  • Score: 4

7:10pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Tripod says...

Echo trying to create news where none actually exists (again).
The photo has been taken at a angle that tries to hide the reason, look at the parking bays (on the left), look at the line further down the road (just past the parking bays)...
Echo trying to create news where none actually exists (again). The photo has been taken at a angle that tries to hide the reason, look at the parking bays (on the left), look at the line further down the road (just past the parking bays)... Tripod
  • Score: -2

7:35pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Ophilum says...

Another wonky line trotted out by the council?.
Another wonky line trotted out by the council?. Ophilum
  • Score: 5

10:53pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Western Sunset says...

Why can't a Council official, in this case the Construction Manager of DCC Highways, just be straight with us for once and say that they've made a simple mistake? It's no big deal and I'm sure we'd respect him more for his honesty.

I've driven along East Borough enough times taking one of my children to Allenbourn School to know that such a wavy line has never existed before. As others have said, Google Streetview (dated june 2009) clearly shows normal straight road markings.

Presumably the official has either been misquoted or doesn't know one road from another on his patch. If it's the latter, then that's rather worrying.
Why can't a Council official, in this case the Construction Manager of DCC Highways, just be straight with us for once and say that they've made a simple mistake? It's no big deal and I'm sure we'd respect him more for his honesty. I've driven along East Borough enough times taking one of my children to Allenbourn School to know that such a wavy line has never existed before. As others have said, Google Streetview (dated june 2009) clearly shows normal straight road markings. Presumably the official has either been misquoted or doesn't know one road from another on his patch. If it's the latter, then that's rather worrying. Western Sunset
  • Score: 12

12:22am Fri 28 Feb 14

MrPitiful says...

Blurred Lines.
Blurred Lines. MrPitiful
  • Score: 0

9:53am Fri 28 Feb 14

Rustynails says...

And as if by Magic !! the lines this morning ( Friday) have been repainted & we now have a straight line in the middle of the road.. Simple wasn't it ???
And as if by Magic !! the lines this morning ( Friday) have been repainted & we now have a straight line in the middle of the road.. Simple wasn't it ??? Rustynails
  • Score: 9

3:09pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

What a load of horse****. Admit someone made a mistake ( to err, is, after all, human) and re-paint the lines properly. Otherwise you just continue to make yourself look entirely foolish.
What a load of horse****. Admit someone made a mistake ( to err, is, after all, human) and re-paint the lines properly. Otherwise you just continue to make yourself look entirely foolish. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 1

3:48pm Fri 28 Feb 14

alanhl says...

whoever coined the phrase rat-run should be buried up to the neck in rat poo.
roads are roads for vehicles not play areas or pedestrian precincts. when will the council understand that forcing motorists off side roads only serves to jam up major roads and eventually leads to needing ring roads to avoid the congestion
whoever coined the phrase rat-run should be buried up to the neck in rat poo. roads are roads for vehicles not play areas or pedestrian precincts. when will the council understand that forcing motorists off side roads only serves to jam up major roads and eventually leads to needing ring roads to avoid the congestion alanhl
  • Score: 1

5:29pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Top_Gear says...

Eddie's dog wrote:
Dorset County Council’s Highways Department - we should all vote for the top ten ridiculous / funny / dangerous road designs. Number one at the moment must be the cycle lane in the middle of the road at Wimborne Road / Wessex Way roundabout, but this 'wonky white line' is up there.....
What exactly is wrong with this cycle lane?
You probably havent noticed, but the left-hand lane is now used solely for left-turning traffic, to join the Wessex Way.
Do you think a cyclist wants to be turning left? No.
Do you think it's easy for a less-confident cyclist to move in to the right-hand lane during rush hour when there is often speeding traffic approaching the junction to the roundabout? No
Maybbe consider how other road users use the road before commenting.
[quote][p][bold]Eddie's dog[/bold] wrote: Dorset County Council’s Highways Department - we should all vote for the top ten ridiculous / funny / dangerous road designs. Number one at the moment must be the cycle lane in the middle of the road at Wimborne Road / Wessex Way roundabout, but this 'wonky white line' is up there.....[/p][/quote]What exactly is wrong with this cycle lane? You probably havent noticed, but the left-hand lane is now used solely for left-turning traffic, to join the Wessex Way. Do you think a cyclist wants to be turning left? No. Do you think it's easy for a less-confident cyclist to move in to the right-hand lane during rush hour when there is often speeding traffic approaching the junction to the roundabout? No Maybbe consider how other road users use the road before commenting. Top_Gear
  • Score: 0

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