Markings at Triq il-Linja ‘not ideal’

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Road markings at Triq il Linja intersection are ‘exactly the same as they were when the road was replaced’, Infrastructure Malta has told Newsbook.com.mt.

The portion of the Triq il Linja road connecting with the streets; Triq Sant’ Anton and Triq il Gonna aren’t your average stop markings.

The stop line juts out into the road and its raised concerns with members of the public, who say the markings could cause accidents.

It’s dysfunctional and dangerous

News of the road markings was raised by one concerned resident who pointed out that the Triq il Linja exit, were ‘a metre or more from the “Give Way” traffic sign’, making them both ‘dysfunctional’ and ‘dangerous’.

Based on the pictures supplied to Newsbook.com.mt, we were shown that drivers were using parking against the wall where the markings pertruded outwards to form the curve of the roundabout.

‘The sketches on paper might look interesting, but in reality they are paving the way for a number of collisions.’

They’ve been in place for years

Newsbook.com.mt contacted Infrastructure Malta for comment on the road markings and to find out why the markings looked like this, who was responsible for them and the guidelines followed for painting them.

According to their spokesperson, Mr David Vella, the markings were painted, ‘exactly the same’ to the previous time they were painted and were not altered during the road resurfacing which took place in the Summer.

‘The indicated markings delineating the roundabout at the southern end of the road have been in places for year, to assist road users to safely travel through this junction, keeping into consideration the uneven edge lines of buildings around it and the location of on-street parking spaces at Triq San Anton’, Mr Vella said.

He added that the agency, ‘will continue monitoring the use of this roundabout and several other junctions in the area.’

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It’s far from ideal, but there’s logic to their weirdness

One of the aspects that the concerned citizen raises is over the potential for car collisions on the road. ‘Has the association of insurance companies noted the situation?’, they write.

Showing the photos to Charles Zarb, Manager at the Maltese insurance association, they clarified that the road markings had been in place for some years prior to the resurfacing and re-painting.

They did feel that the ‘road design in the area is far from ideal and even the angles of the roads leading to the roundabout are unusual’. But from a bird’s eye view there was some logic to the ‘protruding’ markings of the Triq il Linja intersection.

They explain that it is all about visibility. Bringing the lines out from the high wall, drivers actually get to see what is coming from Triq Sant’ Anton.

‘In an ideal world one would not have high walls at the corner of the road and in such circumstances the protruding give way markings would not have been necessary. But in the shape of the roads and the buildings of the area seem to point at this (admittedly unconventional) solution.’

Responding to the resident’s concerns about collisions and car accidents, these markings would apply, ‘since every road converging onto the said roundabout has a give way sign.’. Drivers, ‘should give precedence to vehicles coming from their right hand side (strictly speaking those already on the roundabout but this is so small that it could be confusing).’