ROADS in Ludlow are set to be treated in late August using a process known as thermal patching.

Thermal patching is a new treatment that is helping Shropshire Council and its highways partners to carry out more effective, longer-lasting repairs to the county’s roads, a council spokesperson said.

The process includes heating the road surface surrounding the defect to 200 Celsius. The surface is then raked, topped up with bitumen binder and pre-heated material, then compacted.

Works will be taking place overnight in Ludlow, in High Street from August 28 to 30, Brand Lane and Castle Street from August 29 to 31, and King Street from August 29 to September 1.

All planned roadworks are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Any changes will be displayed on the yellow advanced warning signs and on the One Network website.

The sites have been identified via a combination of local engineering judgement and asset management data as being in need of treatment, Shropshire Council said.

Dan Morris, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways, said: “Thermal patching is just one more way in which we’re improving roads across the county – along with resurfacing, surface dressing, pothole repairs, and more. Road users will see a real difference once this work has been completed.”