More than 80 per cent of the UK's freight is carried on our
roads with the majority concentrated in the inside slow lane and
much is transported in large articulated lorries. When it is
considered that one such vehicle has more than 100,000 times the
damaging power of a private car, their impact on our roads is all
too apparent; premature pavement distress requiring repairs leading
to the inevitable congestion and delays. Such delays cost the UK
road user some £20 billion per annum and it is readily
apparent that as rail is also under-performing, the
situation is not likely to get any better, at least for the
Concrete in any of its various forms is considerably stronger
than competitive materials and is thus more able to perform the
role of carrying the loads with more resistance to distress. It can
provide a highway with a minimum life of 40 years, a time scale
that has proved to be way beyond the competition.
Where long life with minimum maintenance is required, concrete
is undoubtedly the answer.
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