Potholes blamed for AA profit decline

The freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall and flash floods we experienced throughout the long and harsh winter has led to the severe deteriorating of our road network, resulting in an increased number of drivers requiring breakdown assistance.

The AA have recently reported that during the first 6 months of 2018, the number of breakdowns ‘increased by 8% to 1.9m and to meet demand, the company had to call on third-party patrols’. On this alarming statistic, AA boss, Simon Breakwell commented: “The severe weather caused a ‘pothole epidemic’ which led to breakdown callouts hitting a 15 year high”. This unpredicted rise in callouts resulted in the AA’s pre-tax profits declining by 65% to £28 million.

With weather patterns predicted to become more severe year on year, a solution to the ‘pothole epidemic’ has never been needed more.

UltraCrete, part of the award-winning Instarmac Group plc, have spent the last 40 years developing and perfecting a range of independently tested and approved cold lay asphalts, ideal for repairing potholes and asphalt defects in a variety of environments.

For the repair of potholes in roads, driveways and car parks, UltraCrete recommends the use of world renowned Permanent Pothole Repair. Suitable for both planned and reactive repairs, Permanent Pothole Repair boasts a Skid Resistance Value (SRV) of 88 and can be used at depths of 10mm – 100mm.

UltraCrete’s cold lay asphalt range also includes UltraCrete Instant Road Repair®. This superior asphalt repair material is available in two grades – 6mm and 10mm – providing you with the perfect repair material for every type of environment. Their 6mm grade is the ideal product for repairing potholes in footways, footpaths and cycle tracks with their 10mm designed to provide a permanent repair in type 3 & 4 roads.

Completing the range of Tough Patch® Rapid, a hard wearing, fast setting hybrid pothole repair. This innovative pothole repair has been designed to provide a first time permanent repair in high speed roads and in wheel turning locations such as junctions, traffic lights and roundabouts.

Every product in UltraCrete’s range of cold lay asphalt concretes are available in 25kg resealable tubs, eliminating wasted product, can be trafficked instantly, minimising disruption to pedestrians and motorists as traffic management can be removed quickly and are suitable for use in all weathers – work doesn’t have to stop because of poor weather conditions!

For more information on how UltraCrete’s world renowned cold lay asphalts can help you provide a solution to the pothole epidemic, please contact their experienced sales team by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Source: BBC News.