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Question:

What is the reason for the area marked in red and white along the centre of this road?

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A It is to separate traffic flowing in opposite directions
explanation

Areas of ‘hatched markings’ such as these are to separate traffic streams which could be a danger to each other. They are often seen on bends or where the road becomes narrow. If the area is bordered by a solid white line, you must not enter it except in an emergency.