Sustainable road repair programme being tried

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AN innovative way of fixing roads is being rolled out across Hampshire.

Hampshire County Council, highways contractor Amey, and subcontractor Allasso Recycling, are trying a sustainable way to re-use existing road and footway materials for new road improvements.

The product used is ‘Hydraulically Bound Material’ and can be used in footway and road construction works.

The partners have developed a new way to use the product which means highways can be repaired without any impact on the environment as well as avoiding disposal costs.

A recycling facility is being developed which is expected to generate opportunities for new jobs, and manufacture up to 300 tonnes of material per hour.

Councillor Seán Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment at the council said: ‘From an environmental perspective, with the material used consisting of 97 per cent recycled product, this has the potential to be a long term, sustainable way of surfacing the roads.’