Highways England study tie in road water & microplastics: Highways England has initiated a study to analyse whether surface water that flows off roads alters the amount of microplastics in the environment.
The study is anticipated to help the government company that is responsible for motorways & major A roads to better realise the extent of the problem, the type of problem & identify any future detailed research to advise changes to its present policy or design standards.
The work will also guarantee Highway England’s comprehension of the environmental effects connected with the Strategic Road Network (SRN) is state-of-the-art & the evaluation and design guidance standards published and maintained in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) are strong.
The initial stage contained recognising suitable ways to collect & analyse samples of road runoff to confirm the existence or absence of microplastics.
It noticed the crucial knowledge gaps that may be addressed going forward to help comprehend the extent & ramifications of microplastic runoffs from roads and preventative actions that need to be set into place to restrict this environmental contamination.
Michael Whitehead, Principal Advisor for Water at Highways England stated: “Highways England takes environmental issues seriously and recognises the global concern around microplastic pollution. We have undertaken this research together with the Environment Agency and other industry experts to better understand the potential contribution that road transport has on microplastics.
“The outcome of further research will be the evidence base to inform future decision making, enabling us to take positive action to manage identified risks, inform policy and identify further areas of research.”
Highways England study tie in road water & microplastics