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Motorists Baffled As Road Markings Show Different Speed Limits

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Motorists Baffled As Road Markings Show Different Speed Limits

Motorists have been left baffled by road markings showing different speed limits on opposite sides of the same road.

On the left hand side of Ombersley Road in Bevere, Worcester, drivers are told not to exceed 50mph; but on the opposite carriageway, they are ordered to keep to 30mph.

Forget smart roads, this is a daft road.

Just a tad confusing. Credit: SWNS
Just a tad confusing. Credit: SWNS
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But what exactly is going on here? Are there way more hazards in just one direction? Errr, no - there's been a balls-up.

The stretch of road had been 50mph between Green Lane and Claines roundabout until it was reduced to 30mph after a new housing estate was built.

Despite this change, only one side of the road had its 50mph markings painted over, creating a confusing situation for motorists.

Grace Taylor, 25, said: "It's completely stupid. On one side of the road, you can go at 50mph while leaving you have to stick to 30mph.

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Residents aren't impressed with the supposed blunder. Credit: SWNS
Residents aren't impressed with the supposed blunder. Credit: SWNS

"The council need to make up their minds. The 50mph and 30mph road markings are even next to each other.

"Surely someone would have noticed when they were painted? An already very busy road has been made more confusing.

"My sat nav almost had a nervous breakdown when I drove to see my mum in one direction but had to slow right down on the way out."

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The road markings were painted last Thursday (28 October) by contractors on behalf of Bellway Homes, which has a development along Ombersley Road.

Councillor Mel Allcott said: "It has caused confusion especially with the new housing estates which is why they changed limit.

The road used to have a 50mph speed limit. Credit: SWNS
The road used to have a 50mph speed limit. Credit: SWNS

"We had a nasty accident before near the farm shop and it is a road where people should drive carefully.

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"I think the contractor based it on the previous speed limit but the 30mph section was extended a couple of years ago.

"It is a bit of an unusual one because the houses don't back onto the road so Highways didn't have to lower the limit but did it out of goodwill.

"I have spoken to a Highways officer and they are aware as well."

Worcestershire County Council said it was investigating the oversight.

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A council spokesperson said: "The work was undertaken by Bellway Homes, who are the developer responsible for the new housing development on that road.

"We are investigating any errors and will request that these are corrected as soon as possible."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: UK News, Weird

Jake Massey
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