Giving better value than ever

Road Surface Treatments Association chief executive Howard Robinson welcomes the widening of MA+ST’s coverage of the roads sector to reflect the growing use of surface treatments and related pavement solutions. The RSTA and MA+ST both have a role to play in spreading knowledge about all the solutions available to clients.

RSTA's Chief Executive Howard Robinson

“The RSTA formed in 2008 following the merger of the Road Surface Dressing Association with the High Friction Surfacing Association and Slurry Surfacing Contractors Association and has proven to be a timely venture,” says RSTA chief executive Howard Robinson. RSTA also has a Specialist Treatments Sector. “The economic background means that all companies and organisations involved in road maintenance have had to refocus on providing ever improving value for money for cash strapped clients. At the same time, industry needs to convince Government and other funders that road investment is an essential ingredient of the country’s economic future success.”

Howard argues that although there will still be a large demand for asphalt solutions, surface treatments like surface dressing and slurry micro surfacings are a vital part of the range of solutions the industry offers.

The RSTA thinks that MA+ST has a key role to play in spreading knowledge about the full range of options open to clients, many of which now have few in house technical resources, which means there is often a low level of awareness of alternatives. Howard says: “MA+ST has a big role to play. The magazine has a long established credibility as a place to turn for up to date case studies and technical information about a wide variety of road solutions which we are pleased to be helping to build on.

“Now is the time to invest in roads, before increasing economic activity pushes demand up.” Howard Robinson

“There has been a decline in knowledge within client organisations about what technical solutions are available. Often, clients just do not have a breadth of knowledge about what is available. MA+ST will be able to help by publishing this information on a more regular basis than before, in the magazine and on its website.”

RSTA meets with local authority engineers body ADEPT twice a year and has regular meetings with HMEP (Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme) and the Highways Agency to help raise technical understanding of the issues involved. “We fully support HMEP’s aim of having local authorities standardise their procurement practices to eliminate situations where, for example, several visits are made to a site to repair 10 potholes, which is among the anecdotal evidence gathered by RSTA to pass on to road authorities. That wastes money and gets our industry a bad name.

“Now is the time for the UK to invest in roads, before increasing economic activity pushes demand up and increases the physical strain on our already fairly worn out roads infrastructure. Our case is more convincingly made when we demonstrate that we have a range of proven solutions offering better value for money than ever before.”

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