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'File on Four' to launch an attack


The BBC radio programme 'File on Four' was due to launch an attack on low noise road surfaces as NCE went to press on Tuesday.

According to the BBC, stone mastic asphalt and thin high performance single pass wearing courses have low skid resistance when first laid. The programme claims it can be up to two years before the thin film of binder coating the aggregate wears away and the skid resistance improves. The Highways Agency denied the claims in advance of transmission, arguing that all road surfacing materials have to meet high performance standards.

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