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Tarmac win UK's biggest ever road recycling contract

The largest road-recycling contract ever awarded in the UK has been given to Tarmac, and will involve the reconstruction and resurfacing of an 8km stretch of the A38 in the West Country.

It is worth around £8 million and will involve removing 100,000 tonnes of worn asphalt from the carriageway, of which, around 70,000 tonnes will be recycled on site to produce foamed bitumen which is used as a base for the new road surface.

The carriageway is a primary tourist route past Buckfastleigh in Devon, and after submitting detailed traffic management plans, Tarmac will work through the off-peak winter period, starting later this month.

Tarmac contracting director Rod Calder said: "It will create a best practice model for future major scale highway maintenance and resurfacing contracts using recycled asphalt."

With recycling plant machinery on site to reprocess the large quantities of road planings, transport costs and traffic movement are minimised while the environment is also protected.

Recycled aggregate for road surfacing is increasing in demand following recent changes to the Highway Agency's Specification for Highway Works, which encourages the use of recycled construction materials where they are sourced locally.

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