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Hatched markings are an important part of managing traffic lanes and keeping vehicles from parking in the wrong places.

As professional car park parking bay markers, we understand how to paint out the right markings to deal with any major traffic flow problems.


Types of Hatched Bay Markings

There are many different types of hatched marking used across the UK, all of which are important for keeping separate traffic lanes and preventing illegal parking.

All of these - from single yellow lines to double white lines - have their own particular purposes.

While some might offer a thicker white line or use a slightly different shade of yellow boxes filled in with diagonal slashes, they all have specific meanings in road laws.

The highway code states specific rules on all of these hatched road markings, but it is important to get the right ones painted on. Our team can help you find the right option for whatever goal you are trying to achieve.

Single-Hatched Markings / Solid White Lines

Made in a similar way to single yellow kerb lines, these hatched markings indicate a no-overtaking area where cars are not allowed to overtake each other.

This is usually used in situations where oncoming traffic makes it impossible for other vehicles to properly overtake or when there is not enough visual information to know if it is safe to overtake.

Double-Hatched Markings / Double White Lines

These double white lines mark a no-entry zone and are usually meant to stop vehicles from crossing over into other lanes - forcing them to keep going in a straight line instead.

These are generally placed in the middle of any major road, keeping vehicles in a one-way line ahead rather than risking head-on collisions.


Diagonal Hatched Markings / Double Yellow Lines

These diagonal stripes indicate a no-parking and no-stopping area, the exact opposite of car parking spaces. This prohibits a vehicle from stopping on those road markings.

These are often found alongside traffic lights, in junctions, or anywhere else where vehicles need to keep moving instead of stopping in front of other cars.

These appear often at pedestrian crossings, cycle lanes (with a specific cycle box), intersections, and other similar spaces.

Box Hatched Markings / Broken White Lines

Box hatched markings are meant to prevent queuing and stopping and are usually placed at junctions. These force the flow of traffic to keep going and remove the problem of vehicles waiting behind other stationary vehicles.

Costs of Hatched Bay Markings

The average cost for hatched bay markings is £600 - £2,000.

Of course, the costs vary heavily based on a range of factors, such as:

  • The complexity of the road markings (regular double lines next to double yellow kerb lines with specific markings)

  • The amount of space the sign covers (individual parking bays vs. bus lane "lanes reserved" signs, etc.)

  • The material costs and the amount of effort required (standard solid lines vs. thermoplastic line markings)

  • The steps required to close off the painted area (i.e. outside shop parades, mini roundabouts, or any road users pass through regularly)

In general, criss-crossing yellow lines would cost roughly the same as double yellow lines or even broken white lines.

The material for each solid white line is not where the majority of the cost comes from, but the other complexities involved in painting that broken white line on the road.


Where are Hatched Bay Markings Installed?

Hatched road markings can be installed in many places, providing some important benefits for controlling traffic. Some examples include:

  • Loading bays

  • Only-one-vehicle-at-a-time roads

  • Pedestrian crossings

  • Road maintenance vehicle areas

  • Car park structures (especially disabled bay areas)

  • Residential streets

  • Car club premises

  • Bus lanes

  • Areas with sudden speed limit changes

  • Roads that merge together in ways that make centre lines harder to follow

Hatched Bay Marking Benefits

Aside from the obvious benefits of these road markings making it easier to direct traffic, a good line marking service can be important for multiple core reasons:

  • Better material quality, meaning improved strength and lifespan of markings.

  • Greater complexity, allowing for clear yellow zig-zags and other complex road markings without mistakes being made.

  • Clear colours, allowing for a solid white border or yellow border that will be visible to drivers.

  • Full compatibility with the highway code and UK road markings regulations, even in specific situations such as Advanced Stop Line marking.


Benefits of Thermoplastic Hatched Line Markings

Our thermoplastic road markings are much more reflective, allowing for greater visibility of the nearest line.

This can help in situations where a driver can't easily check nearby signs or when white parking bays need to be visible in headlight beams.

This ensures that the kerb markings or marked line nearest the vehicle is easily visible, from a triangle pointing into a junction to a stop line before a larger road.

What are Hatched Area Bay Markings?

Our hatched road markings are carefully prepared road marking options that are meant to direct traffic in particular ways, from simple double yellow lines to broken line road markings.

When used alongside traffic lights, these markings can indicate areas where it is not safe to stop or overtake, among other things.

This enables better road police control over that area but also helps to assist traffic flow in areas where it might be necessary.


"We were having real problems with visitors not driving in the correct places or stopping in junctions. The new road markings have made that behaviour stop almost completely."

"After our old markings wore off, we found it difficult to get the important markings repainted in such a busy parking area. I have nothing but praise for your team and the speed that they managed to repaint the markings at."

"Thank you again for the fantastic work, your team were incredibly helpful with getting all of the markings done quickly."

Frequently Asked Questions 

What are Hatched Markings on Roundabouts?

Roundabout hatched markings tell vehicles to either not cross or only cross when safe. This protests vehicles that want to turn off that road.

Who is Responsible for Road Markings on Private Property?

The landowner is usually responsible for these markings, especially if their property connects to a public highway.


Where are Hatched Road Markings Seen Most Often?

These hatched marks are mainly found on dual carriageways and motorways, although they can be used anywhere that they are relevant.

Why are Hatched Road Markings Important?

Hatched marks are necessary for ensuring that cars do not park in the wrong place and potentially endanger other drivers and for stopping overtakes that are not safe. This makes them important for managing parking and waiting rules.

How are Road Markings Applied?

Most road markings are sprayed or painted on using very specific techniques, allowing for high levels of accuracy as well as precision for things like length and gap size.

When were Hatched Road Markings Made Necessary?

While nobody knows the exact date, road and junction markings like this have existed since 1918.

Other Services We Offer


Our team of experts know how to provide the right markings for any road space and junction area, from simple straight boundaries to broken lines and regulation legal patterns.


If you want to know more about the car park painting services we can offer and the costs of getting these markings prepared, get in touch and talk to our experts. We can help you figure out the right options for each situation and give you an accurate price estimate for the project.

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