Road and pavement resurfacing

If we are resurfacing your road, we will put signs on the road to advise you of when the work is to take place. If our work schedule changes we will change the signs.

Depending on where we are working, we may have to close the road and divert traffic, or traffic may be controlled with traffic lights or boards.

Whilst the work is in progress, warning signs will be placed as needed.

Temporary road signs will be displayed for a minimum of five days before work starts, confirming the dates and any associated parking restrictions or road closures.  The signs show a “work window” of dates and times when we are permitted to carry out our works.  However, we may not be on site for the full duration shown.  Unfortunately, we are unable to be more specific about days, as our schedule can be affected by unforeseen circumstances, and it may be necessary to delay the start date at short notice. Our programme is heavily dependent on the weather, for example, it is preferable not to lay road surface in cold weather and can be unsafe for us to work in very wet conditions.

If we intend to work in your area at night, we will send you a letter beforehand. 

During resurfacing works

  • do not park your vehicle on the part of the road to be treated during working hours
  • keep all windows and doors closed if possible to avoid dust that may be produced as part of the planing process
  • avoid driving or walking on the surface until it has been compacted and the road has been re-opened
  • restrict your speed to a maximum of 5mph through the site during works and beware of ramps, raised manholes and gullies
  • speak to the on-site supervisor if you require access to your property for emergencies only

Types of road resurfacing

We use different surface treatments according to the circumstances of each road, such as its condition, how busy the road is and the most efficient treatment for the future. This means that main routes for vehicles and pedestrians are given a higher priority than minor routes.

Road renewal or traditional surfacing

This technique is used when the surface or other layers of a road have deteriorated to a point where it needs to be replaced. The process involves planing off all or some of the existing surface.

The planed area will have the manholes and gullies adjusted and replaced if required. A bitumen spray coat will then be applied, and the new surface laid on top.

The surfacing will consist of either one or two separate layers, depending on the condition of the road underneath. The newly laid surface is then rolled to make sure it is smooth.


Where roads are in a reasonable condition, we may choose to apply a micro-surfacing treatment.

Micro-surfacing is a way of extending the life of the road by applying a new top layer which seals out water. It consists of a thin layer of bitumen, fine graded aggregates and a filler which is pre-mixed and applied cold. 

The depth of the treatment depends on the condition of the road at the time. The new surface may appear rough after it is laid but will settle within a short time. We will return after the works to sweep any loose stones from the surface.

Pavement resurfacing

Like roads, pavements are repaired when the surface or sub-surface layers have significantly deteriorated. We use a variety of treatments, from applying a thin surface, such as micro-surfacing, to a full reconstruction.

Traditional surfacing

Just as we do for roads, the surface of the pavement is removed or planed.  It is then sprayed with a thin layer of bitumen and the new surface is laid on top and rolled to make sure it is smooth. 


Micro-surfacing is used on pavements with minor defects, such as surface cracking, and extends the life of the pavement by sealing out water and creating a new top layer.

Before being treated, the area is cleaned and any weeds are sprayed. We then apply a cold, pre-mixed asphalt dressing which is spread onto the surface by hand.  This is the least disruptive option, taking only 1 to 2 hours to complete. 

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Floor 2
Howden House
1 Union Street
S1 2SH

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