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Warwickshire is the best dressed

A new study has revealed that Warwickshire’s roads are among the best dressed in the country.

A report, recently commissioned by Warwickshire County Council, has reviewed the surface dressing work carried out in the last few years. The conclusions are that the work has been to a very high standard. Failures are far lower than elsewhere in the country.

Charles Catt, a local consultant, said: “I was pleased to be asked to carry out a review. I often travel over Warwickshire’s roads and have an interest in their condition. Surface dressing involves the spreading of bitumen and chippings onto the road surface to seal it and prevent potholes forming.

“The operation sounds simple but there is a skill in selecting exactly the right amount of bitumen and the right size of chippings. I compared the work with that carried out elsewhere and the results show that the Warwickshire work is far better than in many other areas. In the report I have made some suggestions for improvements so that all sites treated last at least ten years.”

Peter Samwell, the county council’s Project Manager for the highway maintenance work, said: “Warwickshire County Council spends about £2 million a year on the surface dressing operations treating at least 200 kilometres of the network. The treatment saves substantial sums for taxpayers by making roads last longer. Any failures can mean sticky roads in hot weather or loose chippings.

“I am pleased to be told we have good quality operations. This is partly down to an improved specification, which is paying dividends. The results also show the skill of the workforce, many of whom have been doing the surface dressing in the county for years.”

This year the contractor Carillion is using two gangs on the surface dressing work. They have just finished the programme in the Stratford area and have moved into Warwick. They then move to Rugby, Nuneaton and North Warwickshire. Work is due to be completed by September.