Department for Transport announce plans to change statutory code of practice

The Department for Transport (DfT) have announced plans to update the statutory code of practice to increase the guarantee of road openings from two to five years.

As set out in the current edition of the Specification for the Reinstatement of Openings in Highways (SROH), any maintenance work carried out on the road network must be reinstated to the prescribed standards, which includes a service life of at least 2 years.

If the Department for Transport’s plans go ahead, new asphalt standards will be introduced which will guarantee all repairs have a service life of at least 5 years. The aim of these proposed changes is to keep our roads pothole-free for longer, reduce reinstatement time and decrease the amount of congestion which in turn should lead to ‘improved journey times, reliability and reduced fuel costs’.

The reaction to DfT’s plans has certainly been a mixed one with some fully embracing the changes, whilst others have been left unsure. First time permanent and approved materials, such as Tough Patch®, removes any uncertainty and worry about the proposed updates, as repairs carried out using this innovative product are already proven to exceed a service life of 5 years.

Tough Patch®, from highway maintenance experts UltraCrete, is a permanent cold lay surface material that utilises a reactive binder that rapidly cures to create a first time permanent repair  that will accept traffic immediately after installation.

Tested in accordance with MCHW SHW Volume 1 Clause 104.15 and 104.16, Tough Patch® has been proven to provide a permanent repair in a variety of environments.

When saw cut and used in conjunction with UltraCrete SCJ seal and tack coat spray, Tough Patch® 6mm provides a permanent repair in footways, footpaths and cycle tracks and Tough Patch® 10mm is proven to provide a first time permanent in type 3 & 4 carriageways.

Available in 25kg bags and buckets, Tough Patch® permanent surface repair material can be cored after 24 hours, used in all weathers, boasts high deformation and rut resistance and is proven to last the life of the road.

What’s more, after several months of working alongside Pavement Testing Services Ltd (PTS), UltraCrete are delighted to announce that Tough Patch® has been awarded with PTS PAS Certification.

For more information on the Department for Transport’s proposed plans and how you can benefit from using Tough Patch® on your next repair, please contact UltraCrete’s team of experts by emailing or calling 01827 254402.