Sustainable travel needs a safe and secure ironworks solution

At a time when the Highway Code is giving more priority to cyclists and pedestrians over vehicles at junctions (January 2022) and councils are being encouraged to focus on sustainable travel improvements to encourage cycling and walking for health and environmental benefit, it is important to ensure that street ironworks are level to prevent them being a hazard for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Unsecure or uneven drainage or other ironworks on the highway, footway or cycleway are a huge obstacle for cyclists and can cause serious wheel damage or personal injury.

National campaigns are being run encouraging people to cycle or walk during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as supporting ambitions for Net Zero travel. States of ‘Climate Emergency’ have been declared by many local authorities across the UK to encourage local support for green initiatives, with efforts stepped up, like those in Suffolk targeting families to adopt a Park & Stride, Walk or Scoot to school challenge. The need to be carbon neutral in line with the widespread adoption of electric vehicle use in 2030 as part of the Government’s Road to Zero strategy means that the highway network needs to be fit for the need of sustainable travel.  

Where street ironwork is concerned, a tried and tested system exists designed to specifically seat ironwork at the correct level needs to be widely adopted to keep ironworks stable as a permanent solution, without fear of movement. This strong and stable solution needs to resist extreme weather conditions and last many years without requiring further attention – a product that is by its very nature is sustainable by standing the test of time for generations to come.

Securing ironworks using SHIMPAC® SYSTEMS is a quick, easy, cost effective and ultimately simple solution. With a range of products specifically designed for the task at hand, these products ensure that ironwork installations remain strong and secure. The principle of “right first time” cuts out costly repairs and remedial work by investing in the right materials and their correct use. With cost and performance dominating life these days, this approach delivers immediate and direct savings to both the contractor and council; furthermore the speed and ease of installation cuts the use of traffic lights in most cases and limits traffic disruption to an absolute minimum. Indirect savings also flow automatically through improved safety and environmental costs, and of fewer potential damage claims by highway users for accident or injury.

With a “tailor on site” approach, SHIMPAC® SYSTEMS provides a flexible cost effective and sustainable method of carrying out installations and repairs to defects in ironwork installations.  Their products have been carefully pioneered and are difficult to beat for speed, simplicity, low cost, ease of use and ability to be sized on site with millimetre precision. They can be utilised by local authorities, water companies, asphalt companies and civil engineering contractors as the product is so versatile. 

All products in the SHIMPAC® range are quick and easy to install, can be cut to length on site without the need for specialist tools and are compatible with fast setting mortar. The products come in various thicknesses, allowing the contractor to build up the area beneath the frame to achieve the correct level; in extreme cases it can even be built up to form a much thicker laminated layer to bind the chamber top. Designed specifically to secure the chamber top and provide a platform to bed any ironwork, the product range has a proven track record of withstanding the heaviest of punishment from intense traffic of all sorts, including high tonnage haulage vehicles, in the most demanding of weather conditions from floods to snow.

The term ‘right first time, on time’ should become a mantra for the industry as there are products on the market that are provide a tried and tested solution to an ever-growing problem and do go a long way to prevent street ironwork installations failing due to movement around the ironwork housing.

All road users need a level surface, but cyclists and pedestrians are particular road user groups who need to be even assured that the route they wish to travel is free of hazards. By securing ironworks with SHIMPAC® SYSTEMS, as standard practice local authorities will be fulfilling their responsibility, effectively seating ironworks that can stand the weight of traffic and extreme weather for the long-term benefit of sustainable travel.”

To find out more about SHIMPAC® SYSTEMS and its dedicated product range for all types or ironwork installation contact Barry Andrews, Manager at SHIMPAC® SYSTEMS on 07808 646299 or e-mail: bandrews@shimpac.com.


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