Ultracrete Can Help Your Money Go Further!
The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that further reductions on funding for local services, such as pothole repair and highways maintenance, will see councils in many areas struggling to fulfil their statutory responsibilities over the next couple of years.
According to the LGA, councils are already half way through a scheduled 43% cut in funding from central government and are expected to have to find the same savings again over the next two years. These reductions, coupled with an increasing demand for social care, will mean that even less money will be invested in maintaining the road infrastructure, despite it being one of the country’s most important economic assets.
One of the major issues councils face with road maintenance is the reappearance of failures within a few months of the repair being carried out. This can be caused by a number of factors, including the use of inadequate reinstatement materials, which all add to the financial burden, as sections are repaired over and over again.
Potholes are a particular strain on the budget, typically costing between £50 and £75 per repair (westsussexhighways.org). This price does not include traffic management costs which can increase the price significantly and with an average of one road defect for every 110 metres of road in the UK (fillthathole.org.co.uk) the maintenance cost far exceeds the budget.
Ultracrete, part of the Instarmac family and the home to highway maintenance solutions, has long advocated the importance of investing in right first time solutions when it comes to repairing potholes and other similar defects found in bitumous surfaces. It offers a range of HAPAS approved cold-lay surfacing materials for reactive and planned maintenance schemes, which can be rapidly applied with minimal traffic management.
Ultracrete Permanent Pothole repair contains a 3mm graded granite aggregate and is ideal for use in minor routine or reactive repairs of potholes in low risk sites on type 2, 3 and 4 roads and in driveways and car parks. The repair is durable enough to stay in-situ until a planned maintenance scheme can be implemented.
Ultracrete Instant Road Repair® is a permanent cold lay surfacing material for first time reinstatements available in 6mm for footways, footpaths and cycle tracks and 10mm for type 3 & 4 roads. It should be applied as per the Specification for the Reinstatement of Openings in Highways (SROH) to provide a long lasting repair.
These materials offer a high level of flexibility thanks to the interlocking nature of the stone during compaction and the quality of binder used. This allows the product to move with the vibrations transmitted through the road structure from the vehicles. This is not the case with more rigid repair materials, which contain setting agents resulting in a concrete hard repair which is not as adaptable. The failure mode of such products is higher and can result in large pieces being released onto the highway.
The benefits of Ultracrete’s right first time solutions are many and include a reduction in repetitive maintenance and associated costs, which goes a long way in helping to relieve some of the financial burden. In addition, Ultracrete provides free product training sessions, where contractors can gain hands-on experience of using the products correctly, further reducing risk of failure on site.
Contact Ultracrete today and let us help your money go further on 01827 871871 or email: [email protected]