Westminster’s ground-breaking low-carbon roadworks

Westminster City Council has completed a six-week project in King Street, which has used a series of low-carbon measures to cut project carbon emissions by almost 75%.   The project, to repair public highways and upgrade the footway, used electric vehicles, tools, welfare, and recycled equipment, to remove the traditional need for diesel and petrol […]


Ealing Embraces Single Layer Low Carbon Asphalt

Conducting resurfacing works on the busy streets of London is challenging at the best of times. Throw in buses on diversion, bridges, restricted access/short possessions and tar contamination and you have additional obstacles to overcome in the design and execution of a highways project – and all with reduced CO2 emissions and public health to consider.


Smart surfacing used in listed bridge refurb

An iconic Grade II listed bridge will soon reopen following a comprehensive three-year refurbishment programme, including the use of a specialist asphalt.


Runway resurfacing project meets strictest requirements

Over 25,000 tonnes of asphalt were supplied by CEMEX and laid by Colas at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire as part of a five-month project to resurface the runway. RAF Coningsby is one of the UK’s Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Stations which protects UK airspace, so a key requirement of the runway resurfacing project was to […]


Track resurfacing sets quality standard

A collaborative approach and the introduction of advanced technologies enabled the completion of a complex resurfacing project at Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire. Working with motorsport track experts Dromo, Tarmac undertook the challenge to resurface the circuit to the stringent requirements needed for racing: in addition to high levels of grip and durability, variations in surface […]


Debut for reclaimed asphalt on M25

Asphalt containing 50 per cent reclaimed asphalt (RA) content has been laid for the first time on a section of the M25, in what could signal a step change in approach for the Strategic Road Network (SRN). The 50 per cent RA surface course, with high Polished Stone Value (PSV) aggregate, was designed by FM […]


The need to adopt colour demarcation for cycle lanes is gaining traction given heightened concerns over cyclist safety

Latest figures from Cycling UK[1] show that the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads has increased by 29 per cent from 2008 to 018, with cyclists being 15 times more likely to be fatally injured on the roads compared to other road users. Local authorities are increasingly turning to coloured asphalt […]


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.