The UK’s road and infrastructure network is in constant need of upkeep and traditional remediation methods are often too slow to keep our networks running in a timely, cost-efficient manner. This ultimately leads to much public frustration and loss of confidence in our Government’s ability to, quite literally, take us where we want to go. Mainmark’s Technical Sales Engineer, David Hedley BEng (Hons), discusses the key issues currently facing UK infrastructure.
Whilst we would all like users to feel comfortable and safe using our country’s infrastructure, from motorways to airports, it is no small job to ensure this is the case. Through collaboration and innovation, there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to find long-term solutions to the problems at hand; to rebuild and sustain the public’s trust in our infrastructure networks.
Maintaining roads and other infrastructure networks – such as railways, ports, airports and bridges – and ensuring that they are durable enough to stand the test of time is no small task. From increased dynamic loads and harsh weather conditions to ground subsidence and settlement, there are plenty of factors that can affect the structural integrity of the systems we rely on every day.
These causes can all lead to a wide variety of issues that, in-turn, require effort and expertise to overcome. There are five key issues facing our country’s infrastructure, and solving them is vital to keep the UK’s road and infrastructure networks safe, stable and sustainable.