MP visit Abingdon Rd Phil Durnell & Stuart Bradshaw

MP visit to Lancashire's first 'rubber' road

The site of a new technique using recycled car tyres to resurface roads was recently visited by Anthony Higginbotham MP for Burnley.

Lancashire County Council has been trialling an innovative asphalt mix using granulated rubber created by Tarmac and recently resurfaced Abingdon Road, Padiham.

Mr Higginbotham MP met with County Councillor Charlie Edwards at the site as he was interested in learning more about the process and seeing the finished result.

The addition of the ground tyre rubber means that less fossil fuel derived bitumen is used, as well as less energy due to the lower temperatures used. It delivers the same performance and surface characteristics as traditional materials but it is more environmentally friendly.

County Councillor Charlie Edwards, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Lancashire County Council said:

"I was proud to show Burnley’s MP Anthony Higginbotham how we have used this innovative technique for the first time on a Lancashire highway. It was useful to speak to members of our Highways team and discover that this material not only has environmental benefits, but it can also help to reduce cracking and increase flexibility in the road.

"It's a priority for us to reduce our carbon footprint in maintaining Lancashire's roads by using new materials and technologies, and this year we are predicted to save 332 tonnes of CO2 through these new innovative processes throughout the County."

Mr Higginbotham MP said:

"It’s good to see that the county council are rolling out investment in Burnley and Padiham’s roads. And I’m glad to see them using new methods which means we can get roads repaired in a quicker and more cost-effective way.

"One of biggest frustrations and concerns for residents is road quality. And so it was productive to speak with Charlie Edwards, the Cabinet Member responsible for Highways at Lancashire County Council in Padiham where I saw the first ‘rubber road’ in Lancashire.

"I was able to raise the roads within our borough where this would make the biggest difference and will continue to do so in the hope we see it rolled out more widely."

A video of the process used to resurface this road is now available at

Notes to editors

The photo shows (l to r)  Mr Higginbotham MP, County Councillor Charlie Edwards, Phil Durnell, Director of Highways and Transport and Stuart Bradshaw, Materials Engineer at Lancashire County Council. 

Find out more about the process in our previous press release Lancashire's first 'rubber' road

You can find out more about the council's Highways decarbonisation strategy and also see the carbon saving dashboard of the budget, carbon consumption and savings made.

The programme of works for the highways maintenance capital programme is also available on the council's website - Programme of works - Lancashire County Council

You can also report a highway fault to them and download the new Love Clean Streets app at