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New runner-friendly path trialled
A new type of road surface is being trialled for the first time in the UK on a Nottinghamshire footpath.

It is hoped that the new coating, which is made using the rubber from old car tyres will make it easier for disabled people and runners to use the paths.

The new softer surface will be tested out on a footpath in Mansfield.

Officials at Nottinghamshire County Council said the project will also benefit the environment as it provides a use for the old tyres.

Peter Jarman from the county council, said: "There are millions of tyres that are a real problem and we don't really know what to do with them.

"If we can incorporate them in this type of surface to make things better for all users, then it's a very good use of what is quite a dilemma for recycling."


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