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Britain’s roads are facing crisis point, according to The Guardian. Years of highways maintenance underfunding, severe cold spells compounded by government complacency to reform the situation is taking its toll on the road network. The emaciated infrastructure is diseased with dangerous potholes, and they are taking hold, putting the lives of road users at risk as well as burning a hole in an already burdened government pocket.
Potholes aren’t the only problem either. Colder winters, heavy snowfall and insufficient maintenance programmes are causing manholes and gullies to collapse, further degrading the network. Moreover, poor quality repair materials are frequently being used to carry out repairs which inevitably fail and so the cycle continues to evolve.
The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey 2012, reported the cost of damage caused by three successive periods of severe winter weather to be estimated at £1.3 billion across England and Wales, with almost all authorities advising that the fabric of their road network had been badly affected.
The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils across England and Wales, advises that the Department for Transport intend to reduce the highways maintenance budget for councils by £442 million over the next 5 years, which means that by 2015, councils will receive £164 million less than in 2010, which equates to a 19% decrease. The LGA is concerned that such a reduction will make it near on impossible for councils to keep on top of road maintenance.
According to Potholes.co.uk the problem has been caused by massive underinvestment of approximately £1 billion every year and from the use of cheaper materials. So the question begs, if councils are currently receiving insufficient financial support to maintain the network, what chance do they have if they are further starved? Duncan McClure, whose company Warranty Direct is running a potholes campaign warns: “Unless more permanent repair materials and methods are adopted immediately, Britain may never again be able to get through a winter without having to contend with a Third World road network.”
So if this famine is set to continue, councils need to make the little money they have got, stretch that bit further and this can be achieved through investing in materials that will stand the test of time. The ultimate answer would be of course to completely resurface the current network, but the funding just isn’t available, at least for the short term. So councils must seek an interim solution that will have a degree of longevity because further financial support from the government will not filter through overnight, and this is where Ultracrete can help.
Ultracrete is a market leader in the manufacture of road repair materials and has long been an advocator of lasting solutions that benefit local authorities, utility companies and contractors alike. Its cold lay asphalt concrete has been successfully used to reinstate potholes and manholes for decades and is a credit to the brand. Ultracrete’s Instant Road Repair® cold lay asphalt (macadam), available in 2 grades, is HAPAS approved by the BBA for first time permanent repairs in footways, cycle tracks and class 3 & 4 carriageways. It offers the benefits of an instant, first time permanent repair, which when compacted, can be trafficked immediately –minimising disruption. It only requires one visit too, so no refill required, reducing financial outlay! Its HAPAS accreditation guarantees its performance and longevity. It is available in 25kg contractor friendly bags and buckets, ideal for sites where access is limited and a quick turnaround is required. Used with Ultracrete Seal and Tack coat spray, it provides a permanent repair.
For pothole repairs in driveways, car parks and lower risk sites on roads, with a posted speed limit less than 56 mph, Ultracrete recommend their HAPAS approved Permanent Pothole Repair. It provides a long term solution for reactive and planned maintenance and is the proven choice for local authorities nationwide. It can be opened to traffic instantly and offers a durable repair with a PSV of 60>.
Ultracrete also manufactures a renowned HAPAS approved manhole reinstatement system, ideal for the installation of all types of access covers including composite, ductile and cast iron. Gullies and manhole covers are an important part of the road network, draining atmospheric rain water away from road, public and industry surfaces, and providing access for underground utilities respectively. They too need the support of durable bedding materials. Collapsed manholes and gullies are just as hazardous as potholes and pose a serious risk to road users and pedestrians who go over them. Councils spend millions of pounds repairing them every year, a majority of which could have been avoided if a high quality system had been used to initially install them.
Ultracrete’s system consists of a range of bedding mortars, back fill flowable concrete, cold lay asphalt and a bitumen seal and tack coat spray that meet and exceed the rigors of the HAPAS scheme. Envirobed HA104® is Ultracrete’s high performance bedding mortar, which contains a special blend of cements, polymer graded aggregates and recycled glass and is particularly suitable for use in wet weather condiitons. It achieves an impressive 51N/mm² compressive strength in just 3 hours too, providing significant resistance to the elements! Furthermore, installations made using Ultracrete’s reinstatement system are ready to receive traffic in little over an hour, which is especially advantageous for those contractors working in severe weather conditions whilst also keeping traffic management costs to a minimum.
Whilst Ultracrete has a long history of providing the solution to road surface degradation issues, a recent alliance with ASI plc – the manufacturer of the Rhinophalt surface preservation system – now means that Ultracrete can also provide a system that can prolong the life of our roads. Thus they are offering 360-degree Asset Management – a real life solution to the pothole problem.
Rhinophalt® from Ultracrete is a surface preservation system that ensures the bitumen’s essential oils are not broken down by weathering. This means that the integrity of surface aggregate is not lost, cracks are not formed, and therefore water cannot penetrate the surface leading to eventual pothole formation.
Ultracrete’s highways maintenance solutions are trusted and used by a number of leading highways engineers, local authorities and utility suppliers across the country. Make it your brand of choice for a lasting and cost effective solution to your maintenance issues.
For further details on any of the products mentioned in this release, please call Ultracrete on 01827 871871, email [email protected] or visit www.ultracrete.co.uk
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