Setting Records on the M3
Region: South | Project: Setting Records on the M3 | Client: Aggregate Industries | Duration: One Night
Region: South
Project: Setting Records on the M3
Client: Aggregate Industries
Duration: One Night


More than 1,500 tonnes of motorway was planed and 6,790m2 resurfaced in a single night on the M3, thanks to a collaborative, safety-first approach from Jet Plant and Aggregate Industries.

The Project

When the M3 southbound carriage between Junction 5 and Junction 6 at Mapledurwell in Hampshire was prioritised for resurfacing works, Highways England needed to ensure minimum disruption to road users.

This stretch of motorway forms part of a very busy network and the objective was to safely deliver all resurfacing works in just one night. At the time it held the record for the most tonnage laid in a single shift in the Highways England Area 3.

Aggregate Industries took on the challenge, with support from long-term planing services partner, Jet Plant. The two companies have worked together on all work in Area 3 for around 15 years, showcasing Jet Plant’s expertise in the South East as part of a regional network with nationwide coverage.

The Approach

Careful planning was key to this project with elements planned and agreed ahead of time, right down to the volume of material that needed to be planed and resurfaced within the same night. This enabled Jet Plant to come on site and complete planing works to schedule, without holding any other contractors up.

The project was split into phases, with targets set for the number of lorries that needed to be filled and off-site each hour in order to meet the short deadline.

Jet Plant used two 2m planers, each with three operators and a banksman to ensure correct operation and safety. As with all of Jet Plant’s work, safety was the priority and the short deadline only enhanced this. Clear and regular communication between Jet Plant, Aggregate Industries, main contractor Kier and end customer Highways England was essential throughout the works, including planning stages.

Setting records on the m3

The Results


Thanks to the planning and site standards put in place, Jet Plant successfully planed 1,595 tonnes in the night to enable 6,790m2 of motorway to be surfaced, white lines reinstated and reopened in time for commuter traffic the next morning. All work was done on time, to the highest possible standards and in the safest way for everyone on site.


Alongside closure optimisation and the creation of a safer working environment, one of the project objectives was to develop sustainable solutions to minimise carbon footprint and drive cost efficiencies.


In total, 86% of planings were sent for recycling at Aggregate Industries’ Heathrow and Greenwich Plants, saving 27 lorries during construction which resulted in carbon and transport savings of around £14,000.


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