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MAC Surfacing | What’s on show at Highways UK 2017?

On November 8th & 9th at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, Highways UK gets underway for its third year. Exhibiting at the show for a second time, is MAC Surfacing, returning after their event debut in 2016.

MAC- like Highways UK itself- continues to grow, and will be exhibiting their latest machine at the show- the W35Ri Planer.

The new planer is the latest in this 350mm range from renowned manufacturer, Wirtgen. It replaces the long established compact W35DC which already had a reputation for both quality and reliability.

Additionally, MAC will be showcasing their most recent software upgrades, so their clients, and potential future clients can see the efficiency of their back of house systems.

Marc Copson of MAC told us:

“We’re really looking forward to the show, particularly with the addition of our software showcase. We feel it’s a huge plus point to show our customers and how we work and not just the equipment we carry out our jobs with.

When people see how detailed, yet efficient our daily operations are, we feel that our clients, and potential future ones can’t help but be impressed with our professionalism. We really are putting it all out there for the industry to see how MAC operates, and thrives.

“We want to be able to discuss this efficiency with our customers, to show them how by collaborating with MAC Surfacing as early as possible for the complete surfacing solution, we can help them achieve their KPI’s more efficiently and ultimately help them to increase their profits.”


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Highways England has confirmed that it will spend £250,000 on a study into a possible scheme that could upgrade a section of the A27 in Sussex to dual carriageway, despite progressing a £75m upgrade to route.

Last month, the Government-owned company has announced its preferred options for the road to the East of Lewes.

A spokesperson for the Government-owned company said: ‘Highways England has announced plans which will help to make journeys around Lewes more reliable, reducing congestion and improving safety along this section of the A27, especially at the key pinch points in Polegate and Wilmington.

‘Highways England has also commissioned a study, starting this month, to examine the strategic case for larger scale scheme on the A27 to the east of Lewes. The study, which is expected to be complete in spring 2018, will look at all options along this stretch of the A27, but would have to offer value for money and support economic growth in the area.

‘Any plans for a larger scheme however would have to be considered for a future investment period.’

The disclosure that Highways England has commissioned a study into a scheme that could see a new dual carriageway built follows a controversial request from Chris Grayling to chief executive Jim O’Sullivan during this year’s General Election campaign. The transport secretary asked the Government-owned company ‘to provide £3m from the £75m for development a larger scheme’.

Highways England told Transport Network that the £3m earmarked at Mr Grayling’s request remains available if needed.

However, it remains unclear how this will be funded as both its announcement about the currently planned improvements and the webpage for that project give the cost as £75m.

When plans for the current upgrade were announced, Rupert Clubb, director of communities, economy and transport at East Sussex CC, said the council supported them but ‘remain committed to seeing the dualling of the A27 in the longer term and look forward to working with Highways England to achieve this’.