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

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.

Friday, March 28, 2014
11:45 AM

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.

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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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8 comments

  • gilded, this is exciting for Dereham! Brings to mind the 2 council workers who were working in Norwich recently; one digging a hole and the 2nd filling it in all along a road. When asked why, the 2nd replied- there is normally a 3rd person plating a tree, but he is on holiday this week.

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    Soglio Star

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Not much of a story here. There must be more interesting things going on in Dereham! Actually, I'm inclined to believe Highways' explanation of what they have done - sounds perfectly sensible to me, especially given they need to do their work in a way that minimises traffic disruption.

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    gilded beams

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Perfectly _adequate_ job. minimum material use, minimum time taken.

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    G_of_Norwich

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • It only looks so ridiculous because these days the only decent bits of road surface and visible road markings are the ones like these that have been replaced by the utility companies. Mind you, I'll give it six months and these will have sunk nicely to create large dips in the road which the Council will be too scared to order the utility companies to make good!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • This story is boring and tedious but certainly the silliest thing about is that the EDP has put it in the politics section.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • What a pointless article. It's not interesting, amusing nor informative.

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    AE

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • So what would be sillier every time a utility company digs up a small piece of road with markings on: repaint markings on the whole road needing traffic control and thousands of pounds outlay; or just paint the bit that's been relaid in couple of hours, with a couple of guys, for a couple of hundred pounds? That said the state of road markings in the County has become very poor to the point where in places you cannot see them making for a serious hazard. It's hard enough to get some people to obey road markings that are visible.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • agree gilded beams, its the way the EDP tells them that makes Norfolk the national laughing stock

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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