New research from National Rail and Cycling UK has found that two-thirds (65%) of Brits may avoid public transport as the nation returns to office work.
The data shows that one-fifth of Britons are weighing up commuting to work by bike, while a further 22% were concerned their bike would be damaged or stolen.
– 69% of Brits would turn to alternative modes of transport to work now than take public transport due to the COVID-19
– 65% would not feel comfortable commuting to work via public transport anymore
– 35% agree travelling back to work in a traditional office environment will have a negative impact of their mental health
– 32% agreed driving is the most stressful part of their day, caused by the poor quality of roads
– 19% are willing to pay an extra 10% on top of their council tax bill for road improvements
To aid the provision of pothole repairs in the UK, Roadmender Asphalt, a Sheffield-based road repair SME, recently came up with a novel approach to pothole repairs designed around a new material specifically designed for the job.
Elastomac is a repair material made from predominantly recycled materials that include seven end-of-life tyres recycled into every tonne.
Harry Pearl, CEO of Roadmender Asphalt, said: “After a decade of austerity, councils have naturally gravitated towards innovation and have helped launch R&D hubs, working with innovative SMEs. Together, SMEs and councils have started to ask why are pothole repairs filled with the same materials made to build roads, when they can fill potholes with materials made specifically for the job, that may prove to be significantly more efficient and cost-effective.
Experienced by councils up and down the land, the problem with pothole repairs is they are carried out using a process built around materials designed for building roads rather than fixing them. As a result, the process is more costly, inefficient and ineffective than it needs to be, rather like playing squash with a tennis racquet. You can do it but it’s far from ideal.”