Meon recently welcomed an opportunity to work with Rutland County Council on a safety improvement scheme on the A6003 at Caldecott. The gentle decline down into Caldecott from Uppingham has been an accident black spot for many years. The scheme included over 400 square metres of High Friction Surfacing, new lane markings and 360 degree reflective stud installation.
Rutland County Council have a ‘Climate Change Action Motion’ statement which includes a commitment to take action to deal with ‘Climate Change’ to make sure that the Council’s activities achieve net-zero carbon before 2050.’ Following an awareness session whereby the Meon team presented on how to improve Safety, increase Durability and reduce Carbon emissions of highway markings and reinstatement systems, Rutland County Council committed to trialling new systems on the scheme.
The surface marking works programme was completed on a new asphalt substrate using cold applied systems, therefore removing the need for hot works on site. This included 480 sqm’s of MMA HFS and nearly 300 linear metres of 150mm centre line. Meon’s commitment to helping the industry reduce carbon went a step further by using battery powered mixing equipment and line marking application equipment.
Meon estimate that the lines themselves offer a 60% increase in night-time visibility, 300% more durable and reduced carbon output by more than 60%.
Andy Tatt, Interim Principal Highways Manager at Rutland County Council, said: “We have been working very closely with Meon over the last few months to get the project complete. It is key to our environmental agenda to get zero carbon that we look at projects like this. We are really keen to know on the performance of this system, Meon will be monitoring the site over the next 6-12 months and report back.”
“I think that this is the future, we need to trial these cold applied systems and see how they go, ensuring that we meet our zero carbon strategy in a safe and sustainable method.”
The location at Caldecott sits within Rutland County Council, of whom are activity working in collaboration with Meon on trialling new systems for road marking and surface repair solutions that support Safety, Durability and Sustainability objectives.
Russell Smallridge, Technical Director at Meon, said: “Through the development of a commercial strategic partnership between Wilson & Scott and Meon, focus on the decarbonisation of line marking and highway repairs for infrastructure projects was established.”
“The Rutlands HFS (high Friction Surface) trial was identified as a suitable project that both companies could support on to help drive awareness of the importance of installing high quality and durable anti-skid surfaces.”
The scheme utilised Meon’s hard wearing and highly durable UniPrime and UltraForce MMA products, and supported two of Rutland County Council’s key objectives:
- To achieve the highest possible safety standards in an accident black spot area.
- To make sure that the Council’s activities achieve net-zero carbon before 2050.
Adrian Smallridge, Technical Support at Meon, added: “The opportunity to work with Rutland County Council and Wilson & Scott has been excellent. A key part of this project is to monitor the site over a period of time going forward, with the primary objective to improve safety, durability and sustainability. These are the three core factors we are looking to deliver across this scheme. We are looking forward to returning to Caldecott and carrying out site assessments, and reporting back on successful key performance results”
Under the Teir.1 contract management of Tarmac Highways, the collaborative approach in conjunction with Meon and Wilson & Scott teams enabled the works to be completed in 1 day. This stretch of road on the A6003 is now fully open to the public and is providing a safer approach to the village of Caldecott.
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