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Tarmac safety innovation highly commended

Tarmac safety barrier

Company’s inflatable road safely barrier recognized at recent 2020 CIHT industry awards

AN innovative inflatable safety barrier designed by Tarmac has been highly commended at the 2020 Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) awards.

Designed to resemble concrete, the new inflatable barrier aims to reduce worksite breaches by acting as a visual deterrent to road users and increasing the safety of on-site highways maintenance workers. 

The innovation, which was successfully trialled on the M25 in collaboration with Connect Plus Services and Highways England, was recognized in the CIHT’s Kier Road Safety category. This celebrates outstanding achievements in road safety through excellent practice, design and technical application.

Since the introduction of the barriers, zero incursions have been recorded compared with 172 incidents over the previous 12-month period. 

Paul Fleetham, managing director of Tarmac’s contracting business, said: ‘Keeping our workforce and road users safe will always be our highest priority, and its fantastic to see such a positive innovation developed by our team delivering clear safety benefits and being recognized by the wider industry.’

The CIHT Awards were celebrated at a virtual ceremony on 23 June. Tarmac’s innovation in product development was also recognized with their rubber-modified asphalt being shortlisted in the Amey Innovation of the Year category.

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