1st February 2013
The UK was one of four countries in the European Union where CE marking of construction products has been voluntary. However, a new Regulation has replaced the old Construction Products Directive and lays out conditions for its implementation. It has become mandatory for construction products falling under the scope of the Regulation to have a declaration of their performance, and to carry the CE marking to demonstrate this, before they can be put on the market. The CE Mark must be affixed by the end of June 2013 as a result REA members are working towards this significant date.
New Chairman & Vice Chairman of the REA Techncial Committee
1st July 2012
Brian Gilbert who has very successfully chaired the Association’s Techncial Committee for almost 10 years, and represented REA on a variety of industry standards committees, has stood down to concentrate his available time with his employer Jobling Purser. As a result REA is pleased to announce that Mike Lancaster from Nynas AB has taken over as Chairman of the Technical Committee. Steve Collins from Ayton Products has become Vice Chairman of the Technical Committee and will also represent the Association on the B/510/2 and B/510/19 committees.
New Chair & Vice Chair at the Association
1st April 2012
New Chair & Vice Chair at the Association
At the recent REA Annual General Meeting Tony Hipperson (from Ayton Products) stepped down at the end of his 2 year stint as our Chairman and Steve Waller (Nynas AB) became Chairman for 2012 to 2014. At the same time John Tuite (Total Bitumen) became Vice Chairman for the next 2 years.
Standards would be affected by road maintenance spending cuts
20th January 2012
Department for Transport civil servants warned MPs this week that standards would be affected by road maintenance spending cuts.
The Public Accounts Committee heard that reducing costs in the DfT would mean slower response times to highways problems.
A report by spending watchdogs at the National Audit Office said that a reduction in routine maintenance spending would equate to £310m to 2014/2015 but there would be a corresponding increase of £150m in capital spending to move to an annual cycle of maintenance with managed degradation and much slower response times.
DfT outgoing permanent secretary Lin Homer said: “We believe it is going to be possible to make more of the maintenance routine and therefore reduce the overall cost.”
Committee member James Wharton said that there “seems to be an acceptance that maintenance of roads will be generally to a lower standard and slower”.
Homer added that while there may be moments when it looks like conditions are worsening, the DfT did not believe “the network would degrade” under the plans but accepted that there would need to be careful monitoring as a result of the changes.
The report points out the Highways Agency will see the greatest reduction in spending in this review period from the Department for Transport.
Budgets are falling, in cash terms, from £3.2bn per annum in 2010/11 to £2.1bn in 2014/15 – a 41% real terms reduction.
We welcome Kraton Polymers
14th September 2011
We welcome Kraton Polymers as new Associate Members of REA – Kraton is a leading global producer and supplies styrene butadiene styrene (SBS) polymers for modification of bitumen to produce modified bitumen emulsions for both paving and construction purposes. David Bell represents Kraton at the REA. (for contact details please click on the “Membership” page on this website).
Unhappy with the state of their local highways network
12th September 2011
More than three-quarters of councillors quizzed in a road condition survey are unhappy with the state of their local highways network.
Research by the Asphalt Industry Alliance also revealed that over half of councillors said the £200m injection of emergency funding from central government earlier this year was not enough to cover all the winter damage to roads.
44% of those polled called for increased funding from government to help maintain local roads, whilst a third, recognising that this is unlikely, said alternative means of funding should be made available.
And 78% said they were not satisfied with the condition of their local road network and 90% said road condition remained an issue in their area following the severe winter weather.
Website of the Year
8th July 2011
The Road Emulsion Association is delighted that our entry in the Trade Association Forum’s “Website of the Year” competition won the “Highly Commended” prize at the national “2011 Best Practice Awards” dinner in London last night.
Shortlisted for a national competition
20th May 2011
We are very pleased to confirm that our website has been shortlisted for a national competition.
The Road Emulsion Association is a member of the Trade Association Forum that links over 300 trade associations across the UK. The Forum runs annual “Best Practice Awards” and have just announced that REA has been shortlisted with 3 other trade associations for one of the 2011 Awards Website of the Year”.
The winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony in London on Thursday 7 July 2011.
More than 23 million Britons say they want councils to repair roads as their first priority
28th April 2011
Highways Magazine today confirms that more than 23 million Britons say they want councils to repair roads as their first priority.
The findings come from new research commissioned by support services specialist May Gurney into the facilities people feel most need improving in their communities.
Local roads topped the poll, with almost half (49%) of people feeling this should be the focus for councils, with cleaner and tidier streets (29%) and improved public transport (25%) also scoring highly among British residents.
Philip Fellowes-Prynne CEO at May Gurney said: “Local authorities have been under a lot of pressure this year from a combination of Government spending cuts and the need to maintain services in the face of increasing demand.
“Councils are having to find spending cuts of 27% over the next four years as well as contend with extraordinary expenditure, such as repairs to roads damaged by the severe weather conditions that hit regions across the UK in January.
“While the Government’s announcement of an additional £200 million in funding for pothole repairs is good news, it is clearly something that the public feel is a priority.”
Code of Good Practice for the use & safety of Mobile Storage Tanks
4th April 2011
The Road Emulsion Association has updated its “Code of Good Practice for the use & safety of Mobile Storage Tanks” (with input from the Environment Agency & the Health & Safety Executive) in readiness for the 2011 surfacing season.
Mobile Storage Tanks are used are transported to construction sites throughout the UK where road surfacing work is undertaken. After the Tanks are installed they are periodically filled with bitumen emulsion binder, which is drawn off for use in local highway construction and maintenance contracts.REA first developed the Code of Good Practice in the mid 1990s to aid the safe operation of; and safety of members of the public; highway authorities and contractors, when in close proximity to Mobile Storage Tanks.
A copy of the latest 2011 version of the Code is available as a PDF file on the “Publications” page of this website.