Holdfast Rubber Highway

December 8, 2015 TPC-ADMIN

A road made from old car tyres is certainly an innovative concept and this month’s presentation by Joe Toland described how old railway tracks can be converted into rubber roads made of panels of shredded car tyres which are locked together and laid over existing railway lines. They allow trams and cars to travel on the same road at up to 50mph, although the “roads” would be too narrow for overtaking.  Holdfast, the Company behind the scheme, also produces rubber panels which are used as decking on railway crossings.

EU legislation has made it illegal to burn old tyres or bury them in landfill sites. Each mile of a Holdfast Road usefully uses 250,000 old tyres and a 980 foot demonstration track, built in Corby Northamptonshire, successfully handled up to 1000 cars per week. Joe highlighted the many miles of old and disused rail tracks up and down the country which could be converted into rubber highways to relieve traffic congestion and suggested this could even offer an alternative to the rail link from Tavistock to Bere Alston.

David Wixon thanked Joe for his imaginative and innovative presentation. Members then retired to Tavistock Golf Club where a truly excellent Christmas lunch was enjoyed by all.

The subject of the January meeting of the Tavistock Probus Club is “Prince Louis Napoleon”.  

If you are interested in joining the Tavistock Probus Club, please contact the secretary on 01822 615669. We are always happy to welcome new members to the club.

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