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Maintenance also a roundabout issue


The photograph illustrating the article 'Landmark ruling on liability on road designers' (NCE 27 June) shows the acute roundabout approach referred to in the article as a 'design defect' that contributed to a motorcycle accident.

What is worrying is that it also shows a number of other hazardous 'defects'.

The 'give way' line, approach lines and hatched markings are difficult to see - they would be practically invisible at night or with a wet road surface. Vegetation partly masks the chevron sign on the roundabout island and there is debris on the carriageway.

A lamp column on the island would also be a serious hazard to an out-of-control vehicle; particularly significant given the approach geometry.

Any of these defects, accentuated by high approach speeds, can contribute to an accident. Safe design and proper and timely maintenance can diminish these hazards and at least reduce the risk of death or serious injury.

Peter Monger (M), Fernhurst, West Sussex, petermonger@ntlworld. com

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