Why outlawed lorry tyres will end British potholes

Why outlawed lorry tyres will end British potholes

Posted 20 July, 2020 at 19:00

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


Recycled lorry tyres will end Britain's pothole misery

As the government outlaw lorry tyres over 10 years old, new eco-friendly pothole materials will provide permanent repairs

Harry Pearl, CEO of road repair SME Roadmender Asphalt, offers insight into Britain's most sustainable and unique road repair techniques

Last week it was announced that tyres aged 10 years and older will be banned from lorries, buses and coaches on roads in England, Scotland and Wales in a boost to road safety. The ban will come into effect after research has indicated that aged tyres are more likely to fail.

After a decade of austerity, councils have naturally gravitated towards innovation and have helped launch R&D hubs, working with innovative SMEs . Together, SMEs and councils 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, that may prove to be significantly more efficient and cost-effective.

With potentially millions of tyres every year being thrown onto the scrap heap, innovative road repair SMEs are finding new ways to use recycled tyres, with one such company using them to provide for permanent pothole repairs.

Roadmender Asphalt, a Sheffield-based SME, are the UK's most sustainable road repair SME, and have started trials for their Elastomac material with councils across the country, to provide more cost-affective pothole repair solutions, whilst also promising a permanent solution. Chiefly however, Elastomac 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, would be available to speak about the new innovations in the road repair sector and the following topics:

  • Council-led initiatives that have helped to fuel innovation
  • The process behind manufacturing Elastomac
  • Why new recycled road repair materials are more eco-friendly than traditional repairs
  • How materials such as Elastomac help provide for permanent pothole repairs
  • What makes Elastomac the UK's most sustainable road repair material
  • The successful trials that Elastomac has enjoyed with numerous local authorities across the UK
  • Why new flowable thermoplastic repairs can increase rates of pothole repairs by fivefold

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