Helping to reduce CO2 in highway maintenance

British road in the countryside

The summer road re-surfacing programme starts on Monday 25 July 2022. The programme aims to improve the experiences of Bracknell Forest residents as well as help the environment.

As part of our climate change action plan, we have been looking at ways to reduce carbon emissions from highway maintenance. In partnership with Ringway, we have identified a way to reduce the carbon footprint of our road resurfacing work.

To do this, Ringway will be using a material referred to as warm mix asphalt. This asphalt is produced and laid at lower temperatures than traditional road surface materials. This reduces the energy required in manufacture and the associated CO2 production. Due to the fact it doesn’t take as long to cool, “warm mix” asphalt also enables the roads to be re-opened sooner.

Cllr Chris Turrell, Executive Member for Planning & Transport, said:

“Resurfacing our local roads is a key part of the council’s management of our highways. Residents will see the benefits of the re-surfacing programme directly, with a better surface to drive, cycle and walk on, roads reopened quicker after resurfacing work and a reduction in the work carbon footprint, which is a key priority for the council.”

For more information about the roads to be treated on our renewing road surfaces page.