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Highways England trials ‘anti-ageing cream’ for roads

Highways England is trialing a new type of material for resurfacing roads which aims to help them last ‘significantly’ longer and reduce the need for roadworks.

A section of dual carriageway in Northamptonshire has become the first in the country to be treated with the new asphalt mix, developed in partnership with Tarmac and Total. It is hoped creating more durable road surfaces that require fewer repairs could lead to less money needing to be spent on maintenance, lower carbon emissions caused by maintenance work and less disruption for road users.

Mike Wilson, Highways England’s chief highways engineer, said: “We’re always looking for innovative ways to help us keep England’s motorways and major A-roads in good condition.

“The ultimate priority for us is safety so we invest in new technology and materials to keep those using the roads safe.

“Longer lasting roads means fewer roadworks, less disruption for motorists and a more sustainable network for everyone.”

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