Impacts on the road industry

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What is the risk?

The road network is susceptible to the weather — from extreme temperatures melting roads, to heavy rainfall leading to flooding. The Highways Agency wanted to know how the road infrastructure could be affected by climate change.

What have we done?

The Met Office worked with engineers from the Highways Agency to advise on areas where they may need to focus their attention in meeting the challenges of climate change.

What's the conclusion?

Following our advice, the agency was able to identify extreme heat and heavy rainfall as the areas of greatest concern. They are now using this information, including the latest climate impacts data, to adapt planning activity to deal with storm water management and possible road surface melting.

Last updated: 7 April 2011