One Of The UK’s Busiest Motorways Is Now Made Of Recycled Tyres

Wed 7th Aug 2019

Major roads in the UK could get a little extra bounce with the news that Highways England have laid a section of the M1 with a compound made from old car tyres.

The stretch of motorway from junction 23 to junction 22 near the East Midlands airport is trialling the rubberised road as part of a plan to save money and also help the environment.

The compound, which has been developed by building materials company Tarmac, is being tested on a busy public road for its effectiveness. The company estimate that 750 waste tyres could be used for every kilometre of road. As well as economic benefits, the use of old tryres will help the global environment, especially as new EU laws are prohibiting the export of tyres to the Middle East and Asia for landfill.

Martin Bolt, who oversees innovations projects for Highways England in the Midlands, commented: “Highways England is committed to investing in innovation to help us meet the economic, environmental and efficiency challenges we face in our changing world and also to delivering environment improvements as we strive to ensure our road network works more harmoniously with its surroundings.

“This trial could well be the first step to rapidly reducing the number of tyres piling up in the UK and beyond. The economic and environmental potential of this new asphalt is significant and we are delighted to be working with Tarmac in this trial.”