National Highways: quantifying microplastic contribution from the Strategic Road Network
Abrasion of vehicle tyre tread at the tyre-road interface has been identified as a potentially major source of microplastic pollution. Funded by National Highways, this research aims to quantify tyre wear and other microplastics originating from the Strategic Road Network (SRN) via stormwater runoff. It further explores some of the factors influencing the generation of tyre wear particles and the efficiency of existing drainage management systems such as attenuation ponds for microplastic removal.
Partners involved are:
  • University of Plymouth
  • National Highways
  • Atkins, Jacobs
  • Newcastle University