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.


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 […]