Highways England is employing new equipment as part of major road redevelopment works to help to reduce disruption for nearby communities.

The use of hydraulic piling equipment is replacing traditional impact piling to help make road development projects quieter.

Advances to prevent disruption

Highways England project manager Humzah Mir commented: “We know that roadworks can cause noise and disruption for people living nearby and try to keep that nuisance down to a minimum.

“Highways England is always investigating new ways to reduce any adverse impact we may have when carrying out our important work on England’s motorways and major A roads.”

A £17.5 million upgrade to the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent will see the new technology employed in the coming months.

It will significantly reduce the noise associated with pile driving steel sheets into the surrounding land to allow for a widening project for the carriageway from two to three lanes.

Traditional ‘hammering’ causes considerable disruption, while this new technique will be much quieter and is expected to be rolled out to other sites in the near future.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Quieter equipment will benefit everyone in communities where ongoing roadworks can be a major disruption to people’s lives. It’s great to see this type of new technology transforming the way our transport infrastructure is developed.”

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