Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I get by with a little help from my friends...

First off, I want to apologize to Mr. Ringo Starr for stealing his work for the title to this blog entry...but I could not resist it!

OK, why the interesting title for this blog entry...well, I need some help from my friends on the other side of the pond to explain to me the various road markings on the English road systems for my up coming Great Britain games. I might have future mundane questions like road signs and parking as well. Also, do all of this road markings work for the 1940's and the 1970's - '80's?

But before I go into that, just some quick notes about the pictures below. The roads are from a download PDF file from
( They have some really nice PDF buildings and accessories, like this British road set. They even have a couple of free PDFs!

The next thing is I want to apologize for the really bad photos. I had to take them inside since there is a thunderstorm outside. When I tried to use the flash, the details were whited out. So I had to use no flash, which caused most of the pictures to be blurry. Sorry...

Now, on to the questions...

1. What is that marking for on the left? I am thinking it is to yield, but it is not in the right side of the same lane, so I am not sure.

2. What does the ZZ mean? Also, does the double white line mean no passing zone?

3. What does the yellow checkerboard mean? I know the other marking is for a cross walk.

4. What does the red strips mean and what does the yellow strips on both sides of the lane mean?

Just a quick lay out of the road with a couple of OO scale (1/76) vehicles on it to give it a size comparison.

Thanks in advance for anyone's help!


Mark said...

Hi Joe

You can get all the information you want from the Highway Code. Road markings are here:

The Highway Code 'rules' for markings are here:


WQRobb said...

The yellow grid is a box junction. You don't enter one until your exit lane is clear.

Hope that is helpful.

Mark said...

1) Triangle = Give Way Ahead
2) Diagonal Hatching = this separates and protects lanes of traffic
2) Double White Line = No overtaking in either direction
3)Chequerboard is a Box Junction - Do not enter unless exit is clear.
4) Double Red Centre Line = No idea!
4) Double Yellow Line = No Parking at any time


Sapper Joe said...


Thank you, Mark & WQRobb!


RH Viscount Gould said...

It's all looking good Joe well done mate.
I think the red lines can be found in London/urban areas and mean something along the lines of no stopping, at any time, for any reason. But I have never seen them running up the middle of the road?

Sapper Joe said...

Thanks! I believe that the reason for it running down the middle of the road is that you are to cut the paper down to the length and width that you want and add as needed. I just wished that they have included curves and turns.