Like most local authorities, Wigan MBC has a problem with vehicles that overrun kerbs. At numerous sites they were repeatedly having to carry out repairs as the traditional concrete tactile paving was sustaining regular damage. They decided to consider an alternative in order to reduce their maintenance costs and found the SureGRP Tactile paving tiles to be an option worth consideration. As they would be rolling out a programme across the borough it was important to Wigan that the process could be carried out in wet weather conditions. The SureGRP Tactile paving tile was ideal for this through the use of their unique moisture tolerant adhesive.
The installation trial was set for a day when rain was expected, but the resulting rainfall exceeded everyone’s expections: “It was absolutely torrential rain that day” said Mark McCartney, Assistant Contractors Manager Highway DLO, “the tiles went down perfectly and are still in situ 18 months later. That’s why we went with the SureGRP tile”.
As a result of that impressive performance Wigan has extended their replacement programme to include most of their junctions. Starting from the 5 Primary Care Trusts in the borough, where they created a series of pram routes, they are now working out from those and replacing as old sites become damaged and require upgrading.
Regarding application of the tile, McCartney said they have found it very simple and beneficial to use. “We are one of the only boroughs to continue installing tactile paving throughout the winter and this is because we were using the SureGRP tile and adhesive. It’s speeded up the delivery of our upgrades, reduces costs significantly and we’ve not had a problem with any of the tiles since we started using them.”