Across the country, councils are working hard to become carbon neutral. There are ambitious targets between 2030 and 2050 set for different regions. Our city, towns and county councils are looking at every aspect of their operations to reduce their impact on the environment. At Archway Roadmaster we have begun this journey too.
It is to the forefront of our priority list for the coming years. We are committed to undertaking a full carbon audit and working to reduce our footprint. Two of our team members, Matt Walker and Steven Metcalfe recently discussed the Roadmaster and it’s impact on the environment. They were able to identify 7 reasons why the Roadmaster is a great choice right now, for councils looking to meet their environmental targets and carbon footprint reduction goals while repairing potholes.
7 REASONS WHY USING A ROADMASTER TO REPAIR POTHOLES IS WORKING TOWARDS CARBON NEUTRAL GOALS
1. THE ROADMASTER IS A STANDALONE MACHINE
A Roadmaster minimises the amount of support vehicles on the road. There is no need to have additional plant (hotboxes, excavators or rollers) in attendance at Roadmaster works. Simply taking additional vehicles off the road, creates a positive impact on our emissions.
2. ONE ENGINE TO POWER THEM ALL!
Roadmasters new PLC type machine has dispensed with the need to use an auxiliary engine to operate the equipment. Instead, the truck engine does it all. It uses a Live Drive PTO and an energy management system that carefully matches the power generated to the demand. In this way it eliminates waste. Energy requirements have dropped significantly as a result, which lowers carbon footprint.
3. MOBILE WORKS (CHAPTER 8) OR SHORT DURATION WORKS – THE ROADMASTER IS QUICK AND VERSATILE!
The speed of the Roadmasters repair reduces the amount of traffic at a standstill while the road works are carried out. Mobile works are often far easier for councils to manage. They do not necessitate the closure of the road. Diversions caused by road closures increase fuel used on longer journey lengths. Static cars create static air pollution, as anyone who has walked by a traffic jam will attest to!
4. LOCALLY SOURCED RAW MATERIALS
Most of our aggregate comes from locally sourced quarries. We try and source the materials as close to the contract as possible, often within the council barriers.
5. NO EXCAVATION; WASTE REDUCTION
The SIP method of pothole repair does not require excavation of the pothole. It fills any gaps under velocity. This reduces the amount of virgin material used in the repair. This saves significantly on carbon emission and on the cost of the repair. It also reduces the cost of sending waste to landfill and the additional journeys that will be made to deal with the waste. Roadmasters work a “repair rather than replace” method. Best used the Roadmaster repairs damage, before it has had the chance to spread. This preventative maintenance prolongs the life of the road. By repairing rather than replacing, the materials used are a fraction of what reconstruction or conventional repairs would need.
It is a numbers game! Using our 7 cubic meter machine, the Roadmaster 295, working on defects of the national average depth of 25mm. The Roadmaster can fill up to 280m² per day. Our Centaur Lite data package makes the numbers visible. Reporting a Roadmasters repair volume is as simple as checking your daily report. By increasing the volume of the repairs, as we do every day, we are reducing the works time and their associated emissions daily. Speeding up the repair, reduces the carbon footprint by reducing the amount of fuel used. This is particularly evident in a Roadmaster repair versus a traditional cut and fill repair.
7. A REPAIRED ROAD IS A GREEN ROAD
That is where we at Archway Roadmaster UK are starting from in working out our Roadmasters carbon footprint. It is a good place to be starting from and we look forward to documenting our progress toward securing a carbon neutral operation across the UK, not just for the Roadmaster process but for all operations of the business.