High street resurfaced with minimum disruption

High streets remain at the centre of local life in towns and villages across the country. Providing and maintaining key routes to a high standard is vital to ensuring that residents can access amenities, shops can trade and these streets can continue to define local character. These aims were at the heart of a recent […]


Skid-resistant solution for busy Yorkshire road

A skid-resistant asphalt which delivers improved safety and provides whole-life cost savings has been used to resurface a busy slip road on the A64 in Yorkshire.

Ultigrip, developed by Tarmac, was chosen for the junction with the A1237 near York, which had been highlighted by Highways England as being in urgent need of improvement following an increase in the number of recorded incidents.


Ultra-low noise asphalt used on A14 to curb noise

Section 1 of Highways England’s A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme will see 13 miles of the road upgraded to three lanes in each direction and is expected to cut journey times by up to 20 minutes.


Safety solution: coloured asphalt, Doncaster

A striking coloured asphalt has been used to highlight a hazardous crossroads on a new housing estate in South Yorkshire. Aggregate Industries supplied its SuperColour red asphalt to Doncaster Council for use at crossroads along the single main road running through the 1,800-home estate. The 180 tonnes supplied replaced block paving which had deteriorated in […]


Innovative asphalt a runway success

A specialist durable asphalt mix design, produced entirely off-site, has been used to resurface the runway at Carlisle Lake District Airport. It was the first time Hanson UK has supplied the hard-wearing material, which can be used in both the binder and surface courses and has been designed to meet the requirements of current BAA […]


Tufflex HD+: sustainable solution improves durability

Rochdale Borough Council has used a heavy-duty asphalt mix to improve the lifespan of a road junction servicing one of the busiest industrial estates in Europe. On one side of the junction is the entrance to a 200-acre distribution park, while on the other is a quarry. And there are major interchanges with the M62 […]


SAMI: cracking solution 10 years on

In 2008, the A45 near Northampton was resurfaced using a new asphalt technology designed to prevent reflective cracking – and, a decade later, the road surface is still performing well. The product used is a high-performance asphalt stress-absorbing membrane interlayer (SAMI), which was developed by Tarmac to tackle the issues associated with concrete roads overlaid […]


Site mixed asphalt innovation

Recent developments in both mobile asphalt heaters and materials have enabled the mixing of small quantities of asphalt at the point of use for minor highways defects and utility reinstatements. This history of small hot asphalt mixers dates back to 1999, when Leicestershire County Council first approached RSL Fabrications to manufacture a machine that could […]


Warm mix asphalt, A66, Cumbria

Hanson spreads the benefits of warm asphalt

Use of warm asphalts promises environmental benefits of energy saving, lower emissions and enhanced durability and to this list can now be added technical advantages, including extended compactibility in cold weather and quicker reopening of roads to traffic.


New Wainright asphalt plant

State of the art new asphalt plant near Bristol: Wainwright has opened a new £9 million asphalt plant in Avonmouth, Bristol, to extend its reach across the South West. Construction of the 4.5 acre site was completed earlier this year and the plant will have the capacity to produce 240 tonnes of asphalt per hour […]