Safe work in Surrey

Although a lot of surface dressing work as well as other roadworks were cancelled during the UK lockdown, one Nynas customer, Hazell & Jefferies Ltd of Oxford, were able to convince their clients that they could keep working safely under the tight restrictions.

By implementing mitigating procedures such as hiring buses to carry staff to sites and working in close cooperation with their clients and suppliers, Hazell & Jefferies managed to keep their scheduled work programme going and still adhere to the lockdown rules.

Hazell & Jefferies use both intermediate and premium grade bitumen emulsion from Nynas for surface dressing. During the latest surface dressing season, which has largely coincided with the pandemic, Nynas delivered volumes of the polymer modified bitumen emulsion products Nynas Fleximuls and Nynas Duramuls in line with pre-pandemic projections.

“Volumes have held up well. We have successfully delivered the forecasted volume provided by Hazell and Jeffries at the start of the year despite the pandemic and resulting restrictions," says Nynas Sales Manager Chris Rhodes.

A major surface dressing project on the important southern trunk road A31 near Farnham in Surrey is one example of contracts carried out during the lockdown.

Projects

Sokndal, Norway

The recently opened Motorcenter Norway offers everything from go-carting to drag racing. Nynas was involved in the project by supplying Nypol HF 105, a polymer-modified bitumen ideal for pavements that are subjected to high stresses.

Projects

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Älvsborg Bridge spans the estuary of the Göta Älv river at the entrance to Gothenburg and the biggest port in Scandinavia. The bridge, officially opened in 1966, has a total length of 930 m and a suspended span of 418 m. To guarantee the bridge's functionality and extend its useful life, extensive maintenance work has been under way since 2019, the third and final stage being completed this summer.

Talking point

Road infrastructure in North-Western Europe

Even though many successful road projects have been completed in Western Europe in recent years, the durability and availability of the road infrastructure needs to be improved.

Interview

Paving the way for asphalt 4.0

Digitalisation is making inroads in the asphalt industry. The latest Eurasphalt & Eurobitume (E&E) Congress was held virtually in June. It was a success, but the next E&E event will allow industry stakeholders to meet face-to-face.

Noted

All the key players are working together to achieve the best possible result.

Katri Eskola, Specialist Road Maintenance Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

Talking point: The COVID-19 pandemic


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