Lancaster Expressway


Using Custom made, project and special sized plates

8695 aston matAn 8695 Aston Mat One of the country’s leading structural concrete repairers and stabilisation specialists had a problem. In order to complete a project on one of the UK’s busiest dual carriageways feeding the M6 they had to remove the paved surface in order to access the reinforcing steel underneath. The project was scheduled to take 20 weeks. Closure of the road for prolonged periods was impossible as it would bring Birmingham city centre to a standstill. Lateral thinking was required and the idea of performing the works in sections overnight was conceived. For the plan to work a temporary road surface was required; one that was fit for trunk-road traffic in volumes of 30,000 vehicles a day.
bridge plateOur custom designed Bridging Plates As recognised international specialists in both road-plate design and supply, we at were contacted and the idea of combining the strength of a steel plate and the resilience of hardwood was developed. We designed, manufactured and delivered to site forty-eight number 3m x 1.25 m x 100 mm thick BRIDGING PLATES each weighing 1,000 kgs.
bridge plate insertOur custom designed Bridging Mats The contractor’s client had also specified that the units be fixed to the road deck. For this we revisited a solution we’d used some years ago for an airport client. 192 number special asphalt engaging stainless steel inserts, HT M20 bolts plus insertion tooling were machined by our engineering department and these accompanied the BRIDGING MATS to site.
bridge plateOver 50 tonnes of equipment was designed and deployed Over 50 tonnes of equipment was designed, manufactured and delivered to site within just a few weeks to meet the client’s strict timetable.
bridge plateSafe and quick roadplate installation The roadplates were especially made to be easy to position with threaded holes for lifting points, allowing personnel to safely and quickly install and remove each plate.
bridge plateTraffic able to run normally The end solution allowed traffic to run normally despite the three metre wide trenches running across the full width of the road-way. These were left open for months whilst the necessary stabilisation work was completed.