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.

Noted

Stop and full speed ahead

On 27 November 2020, after 46 days and 8,000 activities with no accidents and not one single person being infected with COVID-19, a turnaround was completed at the Nynas refinery in Harburg.

Projects

Porsgrunn, Norway

The global Norwegian industrial group Yara International is the first in the world to use a totally electric container ship in commercial operation. To make the transition from land to sea transport, a new quay facility is being built.

Talking point

Road maintenance, a European challenge

The lack of funding for road maintenance is a growing problem in Europe. Wide-ranging initiatives are now required in order to avoid further deterioration.

Noted

Why electric road systems?

One important factor in the development of the roads of the future is the requirement for reduced CO2 emissions, especially from heavy goods vehicles (HGV). According to consultancy firm WSP, it could be possible for two thirds of HGV transport activities in Sweden to take place on electric road systems by 2030.

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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