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3-week pothole repair trial to begin in Highland 'soon'

By Philip Murray

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The pothole repair trial will be carried out before the end of March.
The pothole repair trial will be carried out before the end of March.

Trials for a new pothole repair method that could cut costs and be better for the environment are to be carried out in several Highland communities.

Highland Council has announced that a three-week trial of a "thermal" repair process will be carried out in Thurso, Dingwall, Inverness and Fort William before the end of March.

An external contractor, Thermal Road Repairs, has been appointed to undertake the trial, which uses a thermal process that reuses existing material on site that is recycled and added to as necessary. This reduces material costs and the carbon footprint of the works.

Chairman of the council's economy and infrastructure committee, Cllr Ken Gowans, said: “I’m delighted that arrangements are in place to start the trial as soon as possible. The company Thermal Road Repairs have a wealth of experience. The system they use provides a high output but has low emissions and creates no waste when providing a permanent fix to potholes.

"Their range of equipment is designed to suit many different situations from roads defects and joints to pavements, utility trenches and hard to reach areas. We look forward to seeing the results and getting feedback on how the trial in Highland goes.”

The company will meet with council roads staff on site to agree the works. They will then programme them and provide details once work is completed.

The trial's various repairs will be dependent on the weather.

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