Could Scotland Get Heated Roads?

Even the best business van hire Reading has to offer,  can’t save you from the whims of the British weather.

The Beast from the East, which reached us at the beginning of March, coated the UK in a blanket of snow that saw many transport systems grind to a halt.  Freezing temperatures ensured that snow stayed on roads and rails long after it normally would.

Heavy snowfall was experienced in Scotland, with a red alert being issued for the central belt, followed by snow fall that resulted in people being stuck for up to 17 hours overnight on a motorway.

This could all be a thing of the past however, if plans from Dundee University come to fruition. Researchers there are looking at using geothermal piles to create heated roads, which would melt snow when it fell, potentially avoiding the delays that have been experienced over the past couple of weeks.

Geothermal piles rely on the constant temperature of the ground just a couple of metres down, and work by transferring this heat to the surface via plumbed in pipes.

A Transport Scotland spokeswoman said: “We are currently supporting research by the University of Dundee into the potential application of geothermal piles to help stabilise slopes near roads that would reduce the risk of landslips and consequential road closures, and also the transfer of heat to carriageways that would help mitigate the impact of snow and ice on the road surface.

Similar technology is already used in Holland and the US to keep roads clear there in snowfall.

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