JPCS and Dudley Council develop footway recycling solution – innovation in highway maintenance

(L-R) Peter Shone, managing director of highway maintenance company JPCS, Councillor Judy Foster, cabinet member for transport, and Mike Gower, environmental street care manager

Pictured above (L-R): Peter Shone, managing director of highway maintenance contractor JPCS, Councillor Judy Foster, cabinet member for transport, and Mike Gower, environmental street care manager

Highway maintenance specialist, JPCS, in partnership with Dudley Council, has developed a new footway recycling solution.

A significant innovation in the highway maintenance industry, the footway recycling solution has been created to avoid costly reconstruction, helping save the council thousands of pounds.

The process involves removing the existing asphalt and recycling it with a mobile asphalt recycling vehicle. This new recycled material is laid as a new binder course and then overlaid with a thin surface course.

JPCS and Dudley Council have been working together since 2001 and the partnership has started to introduce the recycling scheme this month to pavements in Darby End Road and Vale Road Netherton, as part of highway maintenance improvement works.

Councillor Judy Foster, cabinet member for transportation, said:

“The use of recycled asphalt is quite new to us here in Dudley but it’s something we’re keen to trial, especially as it provides a saving of nearly 15 per cent on standard pavement replacement. It also reduces waste, transport costs and carbon emissions.”

Peter Shone, managing director of highway maintenance contractor JPCS, said:

“It’s great when we can work in partnership with our clients to develop innovative and sustainable highway maintenance solutions. This new footway recycling solution means the whole surface of the pavement can be replaced whilst avoiding the costly process of traditional reconstruction. Not only does this create cost savings for the council, it also means less disruption for residents while improvements are being made.

“The new solution also means there is no need to transport materials to site and plant vehicles remain onsite for the process which helps reduce the carbon footprint of the project. It’s a great innovation and we’ve already had interest from other local authorities who would like to use the scheme.”

For the next five years, JPCS will be responsible for footway micro and slurry seal surface treatments covering areas of the Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley and Sandwell and the City of Wolverhampton.

JPCS is a nationwide highway maintenance contractor, delivering safe and sustainable civil engineering and maintenance services to the public and private sectors, across the highways, rail and energy markets. The company maintains the highways and byways of the UK and has a growing reputation for the robustness of its service, its use of environmentally friendly products from recycled sources and its product innovation.