Ground level asset management 'can save 80%' of reactive maintenance costs


Councils could save around 80% on their reactive highways maintenance budgets by investing in modern repair systems for cracks, joints and potholes, one company has claimed.

Hitex International Group suggested its British Board of Agrément-approved TexBand system has helped at least one local authority in the North West slash around four fifths off its reactive budget due to the product’s greater durability.

The thermoplastic-based repair system also helps tackle road closures as the material can be driven over within roughly half an hour of it being applied and painted.

Group commercial manager, Finn Goff, suggested the system could help councils win Department for Transport cash under the new financial system over the next parliament, as it provides quick and measurable evidence of continued improvement and good asset management.

‘Asset management has risen up the agenda in the last few years and local authorities have bought into it however the practicalities can be tricky given councils’ time and budget constraints,’ he said.

‘Our solution is cost effective, efficient and applicable on any asphalt and any transverse or longitudinal road cracking.

‘In one authority we saw of savings of 80% in the reactive maintenance budget and by the third year the authority had an engineer dedicated to sourcing suitable areas for its application it was proving so successful.’

The news come as Hitex unveiled its new technique for 20mph zone marking combined with traffic calming measures at Traffex.

The TexPrint Roundel system has already received praise following its introduction in Coventry and will soon be rolled out across Gateshead, Transport Network can reveal.

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