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Is this Dereham road a candidate for Norfolk’s silliest line painting?

PUBLISHED: 11:45 28 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:45 28 March 2014

The road markings in Dereham Market Place have been put back in an unusual way. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The road markings in Dereham Market Place have been put back in an unusual way. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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There have been some pretty good candidates for the dubious title of Silliest Road Marking over the years - yellow lines painted over dead animals, double yellow lines just a few inches long and even painted around parked cars.

The road markings in Dereham Market Place have been put back in an unusual way. Picture: Matthew Usher.The road markings in Dereham Market Place have been put back in an unusual way. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Now it seems that line painters in Dereham are getting in on the act.

Over the past month holes have been dug along one lane of the Market Place by National Grid workers while they replace the gas main pipes in the town centre.

Now some of the holes have been filled in and resurfaced which meant the yellow lines needed repainting.

But the resulting effect left us wondering if the worker sent to do the job was only provided with the absolute bare minimum of paint required.

The road markings in Dereham Market Place have been put back in an unusual way. Picture: Matthew Usher.The road markings in Dereham Market Place have been put back in an unusual way. Picture: Matthew Usher.

As you can see from our photos instead of repainting a neat unbroken line the paint job finishes exactly at the end of one of the resurfaced patches before being lifted a few inches to paint the next one.

The same has happened at the bus stop where the word BUS is only half painted leaving the rest of the word looking very faded and worn by comparison.

Norfolk County Council were unable to confirm last night whether they had carried out the work or whether it had been done by National Grid but a spokesman said: “Our focus in the winter is to keep roads safe, clear and the lines enforceable. Line painting is best done in the spring and summer when the conditions are as good as possible as poor weather and gritting can cause lines painted to fail. There are of course costs, time and traffic management considerations to take into account when we carry out any works including line painting.”

* What do you think of the paint job?

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