Tarmac is today (6 September) supporting Road Heroes Day, a national campaign to celebrate the unsung heroes of the UK’s roads and highlight the pioneering work and innovation taking place across the wider highways industry.
Coordinated by the Department for Transport, the campaign marks an opportunity for road maintenance, contracting and construction businesses, highways agencies, local councils and the general public to collectively raise awareness about the inspiring people who work tirelessly to build, operate and maintain the nation’s road networks, both during the day and at night-time.
The day also celebrates some of the industry’s cutting-edge technical innovation and best practice examples that are helping to boost efficiency, improve safety, minimise disruption and reduce our roads’ impact on the environment.
Paul Fleetham, managing director for construction, at Tarmac, said: “Road Heroes Day represents a timely opportunity to appreciate the invaluable work that so often goes unrecognised in building and maintaining our nation’s roads.
“Undoubtedly the highways industry’s best asset is the strength in depth, skill and expertise of its workforce and it’s only right that we should celebrate all those people dedicated to keeping our communities connected and our economy moving.
“Across Tarmac we’re proud to be able to always combine the technical capability of our expert team with our ground-breaking innovations to continually deliver outstanding results for our customers and road users.”
Tarmac has recently pioneered a number of innovative new technologies, including becoming the first company in the UK to develop an asphalt using granulated rubber capable of recycling end-of-life tyres (ELTs) into roads. A new road surface using the product is currently being trialled on the M1 motorway by Highways England.
The company has also rolled out state-of-the-art management software across its highways projects which uses GPS technology to plan and programme projects in meticulous detail. This also provides live updates throughout each working shift, supporting real-time decision-making through a comprehensive supply of data.
For further information about the Road Heroes Day campaign, please follow the #RoadHeroes hashtag and the @transportgovuk feed on Twitter. #BuildingOurFuture