How TFL's rescue package can be more cost-effective

How TFL's rescue package can be more cost-effective

Posted 19 May, 2020 at 10:00

Author Mark Bradshaw on behalf of Pronounce Concierge Service


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Making TFL's £2bn rescue package go further with recycled tyres

11 million potholes in the capital can be repaired 5x faster with new innovation

Harry Pearl, CEO of Roadmender Asphalt, is available to discuss the innovations that are restoring Britain's roads at record pace

As the eleventh hour rescue package for TFL was confirmed last week, taxpayers will be looking for sensible cost management to ensure the £2bn is wisely spent. Within the package, Minister for Transport, Grant Shapps announced that 11 million potholes in the capital will be repaired. This is already on top of the nationwide £2.5bn fund in the most recent budget to tackle the issue.

In a time of tight pursestrings, frugal and cost-effective spending will be needed. Typically, traditional pothole repairs are more costly, inefficient and ineffective than they need to be due using processes built around materials designed for building roads, rather than fixing them. The approach has been the equivalent of playing squash with a tennis racquet; you can do it but it’s far from ideal.

However, innovative SMEs within the road repair sector have started to ask why are pothole repairs filled with the same materials made to build roads, when they can fill potholes with materials made specifically for the job.

Roadmender Asphalt, a Sheffield-based bitumen technology company have recently come up with a novel approach to pot hole repairs designed around a new materials specifically designed for pothole repairs. One of which is named Elastomac; a novel thermoplastic innovation that include seven end of life tyres recycled into every tonne. Harry Pearl, CEO of Roadmender Asphalt, offers insight into the revolutionary material;

"Rather than having to spend time square cutting and excavating potholes before filling them with glue covered aggregate that takes hours to collect, has a 5 hour shelf life and then requires vibratory compaction; potholes can now be filled with a purpose designed flowable repair material that’s made from sustainable recycled materials, is heated on site, welds itself to the existing road and delivers a totally waterproof permanent repair. By avoiding excavating the patch the process requires on average 80% less material with no waste to carry away meaning contractors are able to complete 5 times more patches per day at significantly reduced cost."

Harry Pearl, CEO of Roadmender Asphalt, would also be available to provide expertise and insights on the following:

  • How the implementation of new pothole repairs will save TFL time and money
  • How new asphalt technologies are more sustainable and environmentally friendly
  • The process of creating and deploying Elastomac
  • The successful trials that Elastomac has enjoyed with numerous local authorities across the UK
  • The council-led initiatives that have facilitated for innovation within the road repair sector

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