Hampshire County Council switches to a greener road material

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A NEW more environmentally-friendly material is being used to repair roads in Hampshire.

The ‘warm mix asphalt’, which is going to be tested in five areas across Hampshire, is almost identical to conventional road repair materials already being used on the county’s roads, except it has considerable environmental benefits.

The material will be piloted by Hampshire County Council’s Operation Resilience team at Bere Road, Denmead; Cooks Lane, Awbridge; Wickham Road, Wickham; Thompsons Lane, Owslebury; and The Hundred, Romsey.

The asphalt contains more recycled materials than conventional road repair material.

It also uses less energy in the manufacturing process, reducing its carbon footprint.

Executive member for environment and transport Rob Humby said: ‘Thanks to our size, capacity and expertise serving the entire county, we are well-placed to be able to trial new, innovative materials and best practice to benefit the whole of Hampshire.

‘If the trial is successful, then we will be rolling out the use of this material across the county which could result in future cost savings for Hampshire taxpayers.’