Government Trialling Plastic Roads To Combat Pothole Problem

Thu 31st Jan 2019

The UK’s Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has set aside almost £23m for research and trials to help improve the nation’s much maligned road network.

The Government has given the go-ahead for ‘real-world tests of new road surfaces and technologies’, which if successful could revolutionise the the future of roads in Britain.

Eight local authorities are participating in the trials, with schemes including the use of plastic roads in Cumbria, the use of kinetic energy from roads in Buckinghamshire to power lighting and using geothermal energy created from paths to keep car parks from freezing over in Central Bedfordshire.

“Potholes are the number one enemy for road users and this government is looking at numerous ways to keep our roads in the best condition,” said Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling.

“Today’s trials will see how new technologies work in the real world to ensure our roads are built for the 21st century.”

It’s the use of plastic to prevent potholes from forming which is sure to catch the eye. Cumbria is already trialling plastic roads, but under the Live Labs project waste plastic will be turned into small pellets which are then added into an asphalt mix in place of Bitumen. The solution is said to increase the life span of roads on which it is used.

In last year’s November budget the Chancellor announced £420 million set aside for road maintenance for the year ahead.