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Anti-skid manhole covers to be showcased at Traffex 2009

March 18, 2009

Anti-skid manhole covers to be showcased at Traffex 2009

A range of access covers (manhole covers) that improve road safety by offering greater skid resistance for cyclists and motorcyclists will be showcased by Saint-Gobain PAM UK at the 2009 Traffex event at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre from 21-23 April 2009. 

The GripTop range of access covers features an aggregate surface which offers better grip to two-wheeled road users, even in wet conditions, and thus reduces the risk of accidents involving skidding. The range was developed by Saint-Gobain as a direct response to the problem of metal access covers worn smooth by decades of traffic. It is of particular benefit in areas subject to heavy traffic where bends, roundabouts, gradients and traffic lights encourage acceleration and deceleration and the risk of skidding is increased.

The range has been extensively trialed by Bristol City Council around the city center’s new Broadmead development, where it has been warmly welcomed by both local motorcyclists’ and cyclists’ groups. The covers were closely monitored over a two-year period and even though they were on roads which carry large volumes of traffic, they showed no sign of deterioration.

Available in a complete range of D400 access covers, the key to their success in providing a long-lasting anti-skid surface was aggregate and bonding agent choice. Exhaustive tests and years of research singled out an extremely hard aggregate which retains the sharp edges and facets produced during crushing. The combination ensures that whatever the climatic and service conditions, the optimum balance of resistance to aggregate plucking and adhesion to the ductile cast iron substructure are fully achieved.

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