Rubber roads get thumbs up in UK site test
Although asphalt made partly from recycled waste tyres has been used extensively in the US the UK has only just given the go-ahead after the first UK trial of a new durable and extremely quiet road surface mix....
Extensive ‘grip testing’ on a short stretch of the busy A90 dual carriageway between Perth and Dundee has confirmed the revolutionary new materials viability.
“This could transform our approach to road surfacing in the UK,” said Alan Mackenzie, chief executive of Breedon Aggregates Scotland, which produces the new material.
“Our industry has been trying for years to successfully incorporate recycled rubber into asphalt, without much success.
“Thanks to a new technology, which we are partnering with Danish tyre recycling firm Genan to promote in the UK, we can help change that.”
The stretch of road is one of the busiest in Scotland, carrying around 35,000 vehicles a day.
Over the next few months the material will be closely monitored against several key performance criteria, including skid resistance, and the early indications are very encouraging.