Tarmac's deeds win warm words in Congleton

27/05/2021
Chris Ames

Tarmac has successfully supplied and installed a specialist asphalt surface course to a large highways project in East Cheshire.

The new 5.5km Congleton link road, now officially open for use, joins the A534 Sandbach Road (to the west of Congleton) with the A536 Macclesfield Road (to the north of the town), increasing connectivity between Macclesfield, Congleton and the M6.

The £90m road is named after Elizabeth Clarke Wolstenholme Elmy, Congleton’s famous pioneering educationalist and campaigner for votes for women.

Due to its location, the link road had been identified as requiring a long-lasting and robust road surface, capable of sustaining heavy flows of traffic.

Working with GRAHAM, Tarmac recommended the use of its ULTIPAVE M asphalt for the resurfacing of the road – a high performing solution designed to provide a durable surface with the ability to withstand heavily-trafficked routes, whilst reducing road noise and surface spray.

Laid with the assistance of paver averaging beams, Tarmac supplied and laid 12,000 tonnes of the specialist asphalt as part of a 79,000-tonne surfacing package. It also supplied 122,000 tonnes of high-grade aggregates and 18,000 cubic metres of concrete from its Tunstead site near Buxton, Derbyshire.

Adam Jogee, project manager at Tarmac, said: ‘Over the past 18 months, despite the challenges of last year, our team pulled together to deliver nothing short of a first-class service. During the last six weeks of the project, the team worked throughout the day and night with increased resources, to ensure the link road would open as scheduled.

‘The project has been completed to an extremely high standard and is a testament to the efforts of all of the teams on-site. Through embracing innovation and effective collaborative working with GRAHAM, we were able to react to changes quickly, delivering the project within the timeframe outlined.’

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