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Help requested posted on 27th April 2016:

Composite covers in the highway

Composite covers instead of metal ones in the highway can improve grip and potentially reduce risk for motorcyclists. Does any one have information on trials of composite covers? Are they fit for purpose, durable, hard wearing? Do any utility companies now routinely accept them as alternatives to traditional metal covers?

Pat Bates

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Response posted on 27th April 2016 by:
Jeremy

E: jeremy.phillips@devon.gov.uk
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Ironmongery

Have you looked at the IHE guidelines? See http://www.motorcycleguidelines.org.uk/the-guidelines/7-0-road-maintenance/7-3-road-maintenance/ and worth asking their advice on this I think.

Our materials lab did do a lot of work on this in the past but less so recently.


Response posted on 28th April 2016 by:
Trevor Baird

E: trevor.baird@righttoride.co.uk
T:

Manhole - Service Covers

Hi Pat

You may find some information, links on this page useful on Right To Ride http://www.righttoride.co.uk/top-issues/roads-infrastructure/manhole-covers/ I hope this helps.

Trevor.B


Response posted on 6th May 2016 by:
Dan

E: daniel.trump@devon.gov.uk
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GRIPTOP

There is a product called GRIPTOP which has previously won a Prince Michael Safety Award:

http://www.saint-gobain-pam.co.uk/access-covers-gratings/griptop/road-safety.htm

This or similar has been installed in locations in Devon following RSA recommendations.


Response posted on 6th May 2016 by:
Dan

E: daniel.trump@devon.gov.uk
T:

GRIPTOP

There is a product called GRIPTOP which has previously won a Prince Michael Safety Award:

http://www.saint-gobain-pam.co.uk/access-covers-gratings/griptop/road-safety.htm

This or similar has been installed in locations in Devon following RSA recommendations.


Response posted on 17th November 2016 by:
Andrew Price

E: andy@preformedmarkings.co.uk
T:

Anti-skid manhole cover treatment

There are a number of alternatives, with composite covers, GripTop and also the TufTac from R&B all being considerably better than standard ductile iron covers, which rely on the raised profile to provide the element of skid resistance.
Additionaly, in-situ covers which have become worn through use can be treated with a retro fit solution from Preformed Markings Ltd. Premark Anti-skid is a road marking material that eliminates the risk almost completely, at very low cost. There have a been a number of applications throughout the country, in East Anglia, the North West, London, Scotland, Yorkshire, the Midlands and Devon. A link to the report for Norfolk can be found by following this link and scrolling down to page 7.
http://dclg.ptfs-europe.com/AWData/Library1/Departmental%20Publications/Department%20for%20Transport/2011/annex3(1).pdf


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