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Current and planned use of low warmed asphalt by West Midlands Highways Authorities 23 March 2015 Anna Bright Senior Sustainability Adviser.

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1 Current and planned use of low warmed asphalt by West Midlands Highways Authorities 23 March 2015 Anna Bright Senior Sustainability Adviser

2 Context On 30 September 2013 all West Midlands Highways Authorities signed a Low Carbon Concordat Included is the target for 20% of all asphalt used to be low warmed asphalt SWM commissioned by IEWM to carry out research in early 2014 and 2015 to establish: –Plans for use in 2014 –Actual use us 2014 –Opportunities and barriers to use –Plans for use in 2015

3 2014 Results Feedback from 10 authorities 7 using LTA and intended to use more Less confidence in use of LTA in the surface course than in base or binder LTA thought to be especially appropriate for use: –During spring and summer when temperature higher and asphalt doesn’t cool as quickly –In jobs requiring large quantities of asphalt –In jobs with limited hand work –In jobs close to point of supply of to avoid cooling during transportation

4 2015 Results Feedback from 11 authorities Fewer authorities used in 2014 (only 5 ) Low % used compared to anticipated –High level of use in Staffordshire –Nowhere near 20% for others Perception seems to have improved: Same cost Confidence in durability Preference for quick laying and cooling Supply XStill issues: XLower cost would improve business case XLicensing issues at some suppliers XSpecification is not user friendly XContractual limitations

5 Conclusions More information and push from suppliers Simplification of specifications for LTA mixtures (TRL specifications for LTA mixtures here: –http://www.trl.co.uk/umbraco/custom/report_files/P PR666.pdf)http://www.trl.co.uk/umbraco/custom/report_files/P PR666.pdf More coordination between neighbouring authorities (e.g. Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton) when developing programmes of work to identify joint order opportunities Refreshed push from WM Highways Alliance building on previous work and Low Carbon Concordat Sharing information Sharing case studies Overcoming barrier

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