Posted: Wed 3rd Aug 2022

Low carbon road surface to be laid on North Wales road for first time

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Aug 3rd, 2022

A road in Ruthin will become the first in North Wales to be resurfaced using a method designed to reduce carbon output. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Work will be carried out on Parc Y Dre in the Denbighshire town on Monday (August 8) using an innovative net carbon zero resurfacing scheme. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

It comes after Denbighshire County Council declared a climate change and ecological emergency in July 2019. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The new process is aimed at lowering the overall carbon output significantly compared to that of traditional treatments. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

It will be delivered and offset by the only accredited carbon neutral surfacing contractor in the UK, Miles Macadam. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Parc Y Dre has been chosen for this process, since the existing carriageway is constructed of concrete, which makes it a suitable site. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Milepave has been designed to ensure long term successful performance, whilst reducing the councils’ carbon footprint. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Cllr Barry Mellor, lead member for environment and transport, said: “We all know that highways maintenance is one of the most carbon-heavy activities we undertake as a council. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We chose Parc Y Dre in Ruthin as we feel it is suitable for this project which will be the first net carbon zero resurfacing project in North Wales. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“The council is pleased to be working with Miles Macadam who will help us maintain our goal to become a net carbon zero and ecologically positive council by 2030 through innovative projects such as this. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Going forward as climate change becomes even more important, we will continue to work hard to ensure the council is maintaining the reduction of its carbon footprint.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Business development manager for Miles Macadam, Toby Fitzsimmons, said: “Miles Macadam are delighted to partner Denbighshire County Council in their efforts to counter climate change within their highway maintenance programme”. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The work is expected to be completed by August 18. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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