KBI UK completes resurfacing of
Silkstone to Dodworth trail using 15,000 recycled tyres
A resurfaced section of the Trans Pennine Trail that uses over 15,000 recycled tyres was officially reopened in December by the Mayor of Barnsley Councillor Sarah Tattersall.
The two-mile stretch, running from Dodworth to Silkstone Common, links up to the resurfaced section between Worsbrough and Dodworth that was completed in 2021 using the same material.
KBI UK worked alongside Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Councilto carry out the resurfacing works using its Flexipave surfacing system, which is made from recycled vehicle tyres and natural stone aggregate. The material is completely porous, meaning that rainwater passes directly through it, helping to reduce ice and water in colder and wetter months and increasing accessibility all year round.
The 15,064 recycled tyres used in the new surface would have released over 330,000kg of carbon dioxide had they been burned, which is the most common form of disposal for old tyres.
Joining the Mayor at the opening ceremony were cyclists, horse riders, walkers, and runners, as well as Councillor John Wilson, Chairman of the Trans Pennine Trail Partnership. The works were fully funded by a grant from the Department of Transport, which was secured by the SusTrans organisation working in partnership with the Trans Pennine Trail.
The Flexipave material was created over 20 years ago in the USA by Kevin Bagnall, who originally hails from Grimethorpe. The UK company was established in 2012 by local businessman Graham Pell and has gone on to install its sustainable surface in locations including Legoland, Edinburgh Zoo, the historic Albert Docks in Liverpool, and the famous Kew Gardens in London.
The company was also responsible for the recent resurfacing of the Dunford Bridge stretch of the Trans Pennine Trail. This formed part of the major works done by the National Grid to remove overhead power lines in the area.
Users of the resurfaced sections have been vocal on social media in voicing their approval of the works, with one commenting that the latest stretch was ‘greatly improved’.