Stonehaven Residents left baffled by confusing road markings

The photograph of the lines uploaded to the Mearns Leader facebook page
The photograph of the lines uploaded to the Mearns Leader facebook page

Aberdeenshire Council has this week removed confusing pointed arrows from the Market Square car park in Stonehaven.

Painted last week the arrows pointed towards each other in a confusing manor before being removed swiftly.

The arrows were quickly removed by the council

The arrows were quickly removed by the council

A picture showing the arrows, uploaded to the Mearns Leader Facebook page, gathered quite a lot of attention from residents who commented on the bizarre nature of the painted lines.

The Mearns Leader understands that work was scheduled to take place on the Market Square car park but this didn’t include the lines.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokeswoman said this week: “There is work planned for the renewal of parking bay lines, disabled bays, ‘keep clear’ text and hatching, and the installation of one new electric vehicles charging bay at Market Square car park.

“The planned works does not include the renewal of arrows.

“When directional arrows were clearly marked, it led to traffic travelling at speed assuming (correctly) that they were travelling in the correct direction.

“However, it is the nature of this car park, with two entrances, that drivers will look around for a space and drive to it by the quickest and easiest route. This was not always the signed route.

“Arrows are appropriate in large car parks where the directions and exits are not clear.

“However, at Market Square it is believed it will lead to slower traffic and less conflict if we do not have directional arrows.”