Charcon Hard Landscaping, a division of Aggregate Industries, has joined Birmingham’s Cycle Revolution by supplying 955l/m of its award-winning Cycle Kerb for the city’s new, multi-million-pound cycle highway.
Cycle Revolution aims to improve road safety and cycling conditions to encourage more everyday cycling. The initiative will introduce two high-quality cycle routes on two key roads into Birmingham.
299l/m of Charcon’s innovative Cycleway Segregation Unit was installed to create the first section of a 4km, two-way, segregated route which shields cyclists from passing traffic.
A new kerb featuring the aesthetics of granite was created especially for certain conservation areas which demanded an enhanced visual appeal. The bespoke design features a bull-nose edge running along the carriageway, capable of withstanding vehicular impact, while a full batter profile on the cycleway side significantly reduces the chance of cyclists catching a pedal.
In addition, a frog in the base of the unit improves the key into the bedding material, facilitating a swift installation as the units can simply be dropped into place – an attractive design feature for contractors under pressure to minimise impact to traffic, residents and businesses while works are ongoing.
Mark Barter, Sales Director for Charcon, comments: “Due to the high traffic volumes coming into Birmingham city centre each day, the A34 could only close for four days to install the segregation unit. Having experience in delivering this type of product on a large scale before, we were able to confidently hit the ground running and ensure phase one of the project was delivered on time and within budget.”
Due to the swift delivery and installation of phase one, a further 656l/m of Charcon’s Cycleway Segregation Unit has been specified for phase two of the project.
Chris Harris, Project Manager for Amey comments: “The sales team at Charcon have been very supportive, ensuring all units are delivered to site on time. This has helped us keep to our strict programme, reducing disruption to the people of Birmingham as we deliver a high-quality and sustainable cycle route for the city.”
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