Old plastic bottles could be used to fill potholes on our roads
Potholes are the scourge of motorists in Oxfordshire, but its county council might have found an innovative solution – recycled plastic bottles.
It has confirmed it is looking into the possibility of using a new asphalt mix on its roads which will contain discarded plastic.
Scottish company MacRebur said its MR6 material is the best product to fill pesky potholes, prevent them cracking and to make more durable roads.
It has filled potholes in Cumbria and resurfaced the county’s A6 road.
It said its product is cheaper and requires less maintenance than typical asphalt – which is sure to be an attractive choice to cash-strapped councils around the country.
Oxfordshire County Council told the Oxford Mail it is monitoring whether work in Cumbria is a success and how MR6 might be used on the county’s roads in the future.
It has given over £42,000 in compensation to motorists whose vehicles were damaged by potholes since the start of 2016.
Studies have shown its roads need at least £165m to bring the network up to scratch but its entire annual highways budget is about £20m.