New road construction could lead to decade of disruption for UK motorists

New road construction could lead to decade of disruption for UK motorists

Posted 30 July, 2020 at 10:00

Author Mark Bradshaw on behalf of (IFM) Independent Forecourt Magazine


Leading road repair business, Roadmender Asphalt, available to offer insight into how new technologies can help reduce disruption while improving sustainability

Sustainable roads are seemingly the flavour of the month for those in a variety of Government departments. Having announced the banning of heavy duty tyres over ten years old just two weeks ago, the Government are now looking towards the implementation of 'e-Highways' in order to cut the amount of HGV emissions.

In London, it would now seem that cycling and the introduction of a new 'Streetspace for London' campaign is en-vogue. In a bid to encourage social distancing on public transport and help reduce pollution, the Mayor of London recently unveiled his Streetspace for London programme, which is creating extra pedestrian and cycling space on roads. Some 11 miles of new, pop-up cycle lanes have been established in the capital through the project, with a further 12 miles under construction

Current road-side disruptions in the UK owe themselves to the ambitious government project of providing the entirety of the UK with access to fibre optic broadband. One of the consequences of the new reforms to Britain's road networks would see further wide scale disruption caused. The disruption experienced, caused by the necessity for trench cutting, is traditionally time consuming and causes hours of backlogs for motorists to endure. However, councils and SMEs alike are now finding innovative ways to reduce the disruption that motorists experience in the face extensive infrastructural projects..

Roadmender Asphalt, a Sheffield-based road repair business, and have started trials for their Elastomac material with councils across the country, to provide more cost-effective trench filling solutions, which happen to be more environmentally friendly. Elastomac, for example, is a novel thermoplastic material that contains seven end of life lorry tyres recycled into every tonne of its composite.

Harry Pearl, CEO of Roadmender Asphalt, has offered insight into materials produced, such as Elastomac, that are making groundbreaking strides towards helping Britain's roads the most sustainable.

"After a decade of austerity, councils have naturally gravitated towards innovation and have helped launch R&D hubs, working with innovative SMEs, to pull together and find innovative techniques for repairing key infrastructure in the UK, such as our extensive road networks. Together, SMEs and councils have started to ask why trench repairs filled with the same materials made to build roads, when they can fill potholes with materials made specifically for the job, that may prove to be significantly more efficient and cost-effective.

At Roadmender Asphalt we are developing new products that will continue to be trialled with councils post-lockdown. Rather than having to spend time square cutting and excavating trenches before filling them with glue covered aggregate that takes hours to collect, has a 5 hour shelf life and then requires vibratory compaction; trenches 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."

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