A E Yates completed the UK’s first carbon neutral highway scheme.


AEY successfully delivered the A590 M6 J36 to Brettargh Holt project in collaboration with Aggregate Industries through our National Highways Capital Works Framework (CWF). This road improvement project included full depth carriageway reconstruction and resurfacing of 6.5km of both the East and Westbound carriageways of the A590 trunk road between M6 J36 and Kendal, along with the roundabout at J36 with associated kerbing and drainage renewals.

Reducing and/or reusing materials:

This project involved recycling the structural layers of the existing road surface which were encapsulated back into the pavement by using the existing asphalt surface and mixing the crushed asphalt with an asphalt recycling agent, and placing that back into the ground. This method helped to achieve a carbon-neutral pavement construction.

This project won three individual awards at the Highways Awards 2021:
• Overall Special Merit Award
• Environmental Sustainability in the Highways Sector Award
• Winner: Project of the Year Award (Over £5m)

The project’s carbon neutral stats:

  • The project will reduce carbon emissions by 43% 
  • Erased the need for approximately 6,000 HGV movements, saving 230 tonnes of CO2e. 
  • Use of solar powered generators, lighting, signage, CCTV and catering facilities, along with the use of electric vehicles, saved approximately 70 tonnes of CO2e.

Sven Till our Managing Director

Completing the UK’s first carbon neutral pavement scheme is a massive step for A E Yates in our journey towards Net Zero. As a Civil Engineering company we feel responsibility to deliver innovative projects like this to encourage other companies to focus on how they can work towards Net Zero so we can all make a positive impact on the environment.