Double yellow lines have mysteriously disintegrated into crooked markings in a residential street where locals now fear a ‘parking free-for-all’.
The temporary plastic lines were put down after gas utility firm Cadent dug up the road.
But the markings have started peeling away in places and are no longer in straight lines on the street in Stoke-on-Trent.
The parking restrictions remain in place but residents fear motorists will be left puzzled or will park up thinking the lines are no longer enforceable, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.
They’ve called on Cadent to come back and fix the "mess".
One leading city councillor has branded the situation in Ramsey Street, Fenton, as "totally unacceptable".
Fenton worker Sylvia Dymond posted a picture of the crooked lines on social media after they started flaking away.
She said: "I don’t know if they are temporary or not. People are quite shocked by them and it appears they are peeling away after just six weeks or so. I’ve never seen double-yellow lines like this before."
It was unclear whether the lines were affected by the recent hot weather or vehicles driving over them.
Local resident Denis Corbishley, 57, said: "These double yellow lines look a mess. The company needs to come back and redo them.
"The problem is these lines are there for a reason and people will just park there without them."
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One Ramsey Street resident added: "It will be bad if the lines come off because people will park there and that means you cannot get in and out of the street. Hopefully whoever is responsible for them will come back and fix them."
Some residents had blamed Stoke-on-Trent City Council for the blunder. But the authority is not responsible for the work – and does not use plastic lines.
A council spokesman said: "Cadent Gas has been doing some work in the area which has involved excavating part of the carriageway.
"It is responsible for putting the lines back in place. This situation has been reported to us and we have told Cadent about the problem."
Cadent Gas is investigating the issue.
A spokesman said: “We are urgently looking into these concerns. We always aim to restore roads to their previous condition once we’ve completed our works.
"We have been renewing ageing gas mains in Fenton so local people will continue to have safe and reliable gas supplies for decades to come.”
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