Were they painted by a drunk driver? Locals baffled after council paints wiggly white lines down the middle of road

  • Bendy lines appeared in the village of Arnprior near Stirling, Scotland
  • Stirling Council said they are part of a wider scheme with speed signs
  • But plan failed to impress some residents. One said: 'It’s completely daft'

By Dan Bloom

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Motorists are being driven round the twist by a set of wiggly white lines in the middle of a road.

The meandering markings are meant to be part of a new ‘traffic-calming’ scheme through the village of Arnprior in Scotland.

They match up with red indentations that have been painted at the roadside to slow vehicles down.

But some drivers say they look like the work of a drunk - and an opposition councillor claimed they cost 50 per cent more than conventional straight lines.

Drivers have been left scratching their heads by the wiggly road calming scheme in the Scottish village of Arnprior

Drivers have been left scratching their heads by the wiggly road calming scheme in the Scottish village of Arnprior. SNP councillor Ian Muirhead, a local farmer, said they were 'ineffective' and 'look stupid'

Long and winding road: A tractor navigates the bizarre traffic calming measures

Long and winding road: A tractor navigates the bizarre traffic calming measures. Labour councillor Danny Gibson defended the scheme, saying there were also 'speed limit signs and speed activating warning signs'

SNP councillor Ian Muirhead, who farms locally, said: 'In common with many residents, I find the wiggly lines to be not only ineffective but also look stupid.

'They were put in place as a supposed traffic calming measure by the council roads department.

 

'I think the idea is that people see the wobbly lines and assume it’s going to be a bumpy road so they slow down.

'But many people have said it just looks like they were painted by a drunken road worker.

The lines appeared on the A811 between Stirling and Loch Lomond, but did not go down well with everyone

The lines appeared on the A811 between Stirling and Loch Lomond, but did not please everyone

'To add insult to injury the cost of wiggly lines as opposed to straight lines is considerably more - up to 50 per cent extra.

'In these times of austerity, priority should be given to basic road maintenance over excessive traffic-calming gimmicks.'

Another local, a 68-year-old woman who asked not to be named, said: 'It’s completely daft. Some older people used to try to follow the lines and it drove them potty.

'There are indents at the sides of the road and the white lines correspond with them rather than going down the middle of the road where they should be.'

The lines were painted on the A811 between Stirling and Loch Lomond, where the speed limit reduces to 30mph.

Labour councillor and roads spokesman Danny Gibson said: 'These lines were installed as part of agreed speed reduction measures.

'The centre line markings are complemented by red road markings at the side of the carriageway.

'The combination of road markings influence driver behaviour and encourage a reduction in vehicle speed.

'The speed reduction measures also include count-down size, speed limit signs and speed activating warning signs.

'We have not been contacted by any local residents or road users to express any concerns about these markings.'

Wobbly blunder or council success? Opinions are split on the new scheme, which was put in for safety reasons

Wobbly blunder or success? Opinions are split on the scheme, which was put in for safety reasons

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I love them, Well done to whoever did them. What a miserable, joyless bunch those who are complaining are.

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I love them. Well done to whoever did it.

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In response to the 68yo if you need to follow lines on the road to drive the get OFF the roads

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How can it cost more to paint a wiggly line than a straight one. Councils throwing money away yet again.

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God have so many people lost the ability to THINK? Yes the white lines follow the red sections on the side of the road, but they are not there to protect pedestrians or act as passing places like some idiots on here have commented - they are part of the so-called 'traffic calming' measures! They have been put in to confuse drivers presumably in the hope that will slow them down, but why on earth does the council think that confusing drivers is a good idea? It's blatant stupidity because if I had an accident on this stretch of road I would immediately blame those road markings and as they don't follow the official rules laid down I would have a good case. If you look at the pictures there is a seam where the two sides of the road meet - THAT is where the white lines should be.

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Idiots

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How about using common sense when driving and checking the road ahead of you?

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WhiskeyGalore Dundee... Any idiot who defends such stupidity as this must either work for the council or had a hand designing this complete and useless so called 'road calming measure' Surely you would be watching the white lines whilst driving along this road rather that whats going on around you. Edward Coventry

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Once again tax payers suffer by paying tax to fund these idiots. This is a case of third rate job instead of sacking the team responsible the council try to justify it outrageous !!!

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What happens when one car moves out to follow the lines but an oncoming car doesn't?

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