New trial to create longer-lasting road surfaces (but will it come to Harlow?)

News / Sun 4th Sep 2022 at 09:27am

A NEW trial which could revolutionise the way public highways are resurfaced has begun in Essex.

It is hoped the addition of a new strengthening compound to traditional surfacing material could increase the lifespan of roads by up to double. This would greatly reducing future maintenance, and the associated traffic delays, as well as halving the carbon footprint associated with such work claims Essex County Council.

Many Harlow residents will hope that this scheme will now come to Harlow. There must be a chance, as we now have a special portfolio holder in charge of roads.

An Essex Police spokesperson: “We are working on the trial in Chelmsford with Ringway Jacobs, which supplies highway services in Essex. Ringway Jacobs has brought in the international expertise of its shareholding companies Eurovia UK, in particular its specialist asset management consultancy Jean Lefebvre UK (JLUK), and partners, to undertake the trial.

Key to the innovation is a technology called Gipave, developed by the Italian company Iterchimica. It consists in adding an advanced product to a traditional surfacing material, in this case, for the first time in UK, a hot rolled asphalt (HRA).

Gipave contains graphene – which is 200 times stronger than steel yet extremely flexible. This makes the asphalt far less susceptible both to hardening and cracking in cold temperatures and softening in warm temperatures. It also increases the elasticity and strength to reduce the wear, particularly under high loading.

“Gipave further reduces environmental impacts and carbon emissions as it contains a specific type of selected hard plastic, which is usually considered non-reusable, avoiding less sustainable disposal methods”.

Cllr Lee Scott, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways Maintenance and Sustainable Transport, said: “This is potentially a game changer in road and footway surfacing as increasing the expected life of the surface would drastically reduce maintenance costs and half the carbon footprint typically associated with such surfacing.

“Less maintenance also means less disruption for road users, so this trial has really positive potential for the travelling public, for council taxpayers and for all those who want to see the council provide its services in the most sustainable way possible.

“We look forward to seeing what the results of trial and what potential benefits the graphene solution might bring to the county – and indeed the rest of the UK.”

Ringway Jacobs Managing Director Phil Horton said: “As a business we believe innovation is key to offering the highest quality and best value services to our clients.

“Our company structure enables us to call on the expertise of industry leaders across the world and we are delighted to be bringing that know-how to Essex in a project that could save time and money while at the same time reducing the carbon footprint associated with resurfacing work.”

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9 Comments for New trial to create longer-lasting road surfaces (but will it come to Harlow?):

Tony Edwards
2022-09-04 09:35:28

They might want to try it out on Momples Road which must be one of the worst roads in Essex for “de-lamination” (potholes to you and me)

martin chapman
2022-09-04 11:00:02

if it does not work we can call upon sir rod stewart to sort out the roads as essex council are unable to do the job they should be doing

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2022-09-04 11:00:47

if it does not work we can call upon sir rod stewart to sort out the roads as essex council are unable to do the job they should be doing

2022-09-04 13:26:16

Will it be like the rubber kerb stones that they tried a few years back they are still in places around town until they do the roads and replace with the old concrete again the rubber kerbs are still in places and still lasting longer and clears up the tyre mountin

2022-09-04 16:24:49

All the Large Lorries around Harlow Wharehouse Town will soon damage that stuff. Will it be better than the permanent temporary Rubbish the use to fill in now !

2022-09-04 16:57:31

Essex County Council need to do something about the poor work carried out on the pavements. We had perfectly good paving in Radburn Close, until about 2 years ago. Then along come ECC, take the paving up and replace with tarmac. Les than 2 years and it is cracking up. And before anyone blames it on the hot weather, it was cracking up within a few months, long before the heatwaves.

Mr Grumpy
2022-09-05 18:29:34

Will it come to Harlow? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Oh look at that purple pig flying across!!

2022-09-05 23:18:07

Momples Road ! More like Mars way! Momples road is an utter disgrace and someone should be held responsible for the condition it is in and now the Old Buses are trundling up and down the road its just a matter of time before there is a big accident and someone is seriously injured as a result of the roads condition. Momples road has so many turnings off it that even tho its supposed to be a 20mph zone people still park on all the corners resulting in near catastrophic accidents! Just ask the residents who have witnessed the accidents that have happened over the past year ! We have even had cars upside down!, Cars written off, One resident had a car written off then the replacement was written off as well! Complete joke im afraid! Now I ask please uplift Momples road and plant it in Epping,Ongar or even Chelmsford and see how long it takes for it to get resurfaced!

Janice Chinn
2022-09-06 07:13:03

Harlow roads are a disgrace except a few where I suspect councillors live. Just back from holiday in Norfolk not one pot hole in site 🤔

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