Tarmac unveils new £6.6m asphalt plant

Tarmac has unveiled a £6.6 million asphalt plant inside the M25 at Harper Lane, Hertfordshire.

This is part of the firm’s strategy to support the UK’s infrastructure growth, including the planned £15bn investment in strategic roads, which will see 1,300 new miles of lanes added to motorways and A-roads over the next five years.

Harper Lane 1The new plant replaces an older 1960s operation. It has greater capacity, is more efficient, and can manufacture a wider range of products, including lower temperature asphalts.

Key advantages include:

  • The plant boosts Tarmac’s capacity to supply sustainable asphalt solutions into London and the South East
  • The first UK plant to use high capacity cold Recycled Asphalt Planings (RAP) technology to create mixes containing up to 55% recycled content, supporting Tarmac’s commitment to increase the amount of waste materials it re-uses each year
  • Reduces CO2 levels and produces a wide range of sustainable construction solutions, including lower temperature asphalts, which can reduce the carbon footprint of road projects by 15 to 25%
  • Harper Lane has rail links, bringing essential road stone directly into the South East to supply the region’s 18 new major road projects, which include upgrading one-third of the junctions on the M25, and improvements to the A27.

Cyrille Ragoucy, CEO of Tarmac, said: “The UK’s strategic road infrastructure plays a critical role in securing the country’s continuing social and economic development, and unlocking its future prosperity. Tarmac is well placed to support customers in achieving the UK’s infrastructure plans by providing the solutions, expertise and innovation to help deliver projects in a smarter, more efficient and sustainable manner.”

Pictured left to right: Matt Goodwin, operational management trainee, Harper Lane Asphalt Plant; Cyrille Ragoucy, chief executive, Tarmac; Martin Riley, managing director, Aggregates and Asphalt, Tarmac; Iain Blackaller, site manager, Harper Lane Asphalt Plant.

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