New road marking approach in Birmingham saves money and emissions

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Amey and road marking specialist WJ have launched a collaborative initiative aimed on keeping work going on red route clearways in Birmingham.

The Spanish-owned giant manages and maintains the city’s 2,500km road network and is working with a new piece of WJ kit, which allows three types of road markings to be delivered at once.

Chris Evans, Amey’s supervisor in Birmingham, explained: “The WJ innovative road marking vehicle with triple boilers has provided an ideal solution to reinstate white, yellow and red road markings, all on the same visit.

“Our main priority is always to carry out these contracting activities as safely as possible for both the workforce and the road user, but this new vehicle design also provides the added benefits of better works planning and keeping disruption for road users to a minimum.”

The Red Route Clearways are a method of ensuring that the most effective use is made of the road space, allowing improved travel for both people and goods. Red Routes involve a package of measures including road improvements, dedicated loading areas for delivery vehicles and better enforcement against drivers stopping within a signed and marked clearway.

Before this new initaitive was introduced, red markings had to be reinstated on a second visit to site which created added safety risks, increased disruption and environmental impact and added an extra layer of cost.

Overall the new operational approach, coupled with the WJ Group carbon trust credentials, is expected to provide more than a 60% reduction in fuel use and emissions in support of Amey’s environmental management and carbon footprint reduction strategy.

Eddie Fellows, Highway Network Director for Amey, said: “This is an excellent achievement which demonstrates collaboration working in very practical ways. We encourage our internal teams and our supply chain to work closely together in this way to provide an excellent service for the people of Birmingham.”
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