Trials of ‘biogenic asphalts’ gather pace

Trials of ‘biogenic asphalts’ are becoming more widespread as the industry looks to offer lower carbon solutions to help reach the Government’s net zero carbon ambitions. These products contain natural biogenic materials which absorb and store CO2 throughout their first life. This is then ‘locked’ within the binder in the asphalt mixture and not released […]

Council’s low carbon solutions to achieve net zero by 2045

Leicestershire County Council has pledged to become a carbon neutral council by 2030 and to achieve net zero across the county by 2045 – five years ahead of the Government target.

Largest ever use of reclaimed asphalt on M3

A section of the M3 in Hampshire has been resurfaced using warm mix asphalt containing the highest proportion of reclaimed asphalt (RA) ever on the strategic road network.

Cumbria trials to cut carbon footprint

Cumbria County Council has been selected to carry out tests using new highways technology and methods on its local roads which could revolutionise the highways and waste industry.

Long-life binders trial set to help decarbonisation goals

A new bitumen binder, which aims to extend the lifespan of roads and reduce the need for maintenance, is being trialled by Highways England in Northamptonshire. Motorways and major A-roads in England are typically expected to be resurfaced every 10-12 years because the effects of high volumes of heavy traffic, water ingress, UV exposure and […]

Collaboration on resurfacing scheme to boost carbon savings

Westminster City Council is driving down the carbon emissions associated with road maintenance as part of its target to be net zero carbon by 2030. Working with FM Conway, it has laid a Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) surface course containing 85% recycled material on Third Avenue in the Queens Park district. A single layer solution, […]

Reducing the carbon impact of roads

The UK’s first carbon neutral road scheme included the use of a low energy production technique, recycling and carbon offsetting and has been carried out as part of a Highways England (HE) resurfacing project in Cumbria. The road improvement project included full-depth recycling of the dual carriageway between the M6 junction 36 and Brettargh Holt […]

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.