Posted: Wed 3rd Aug 2022

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

North Wales news and information

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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