Our top 5 road plates and trench covers

Road plates and trench covers are widely used solutions in the construction industry, but which are the best products to use? We’ve put together a guide showing our customer’s favourite products – listed as our top 5 road plate and trench covers performers.

Road plates and trench covers

A road plate is used to cover up temporary excavations or broken areas in the road or pavement, assisting with both vehicle and human traffic flow. Road plates are suitable for use on both regular roads but also carriageways – as they can take the weight of a 44-tonne vehicle.

A trench cover is designed for covering trenches, bores and apertures – usually during maintenance, construction or repair works. Trench covers can be used across many environments, such as pedestrian, residential, domestic, footpath and driveway applications.

Our top 5 performers

1. LowPro 15/10 Trench Cover System

This award-winning trench cover gets number one spot in our top 5 performers. Due to its patented Flexi-Edge technology and its suitability to be a driveway board for 3.5-tonne vehicles over a 900mm trench, it’s easy to see why this product is so popular. This trench cover is tried and tested with lots of major utility companies and contractors including Triio, Wales & West, Cadent, Balfour Beatty and Morrison (to name a few!). And it features anti-slide technology – meaning it’s a reliable cover for many environments. Learn more about the LowPro 15/10 Trench Cover System now.

2. LowPro 15/05 Road Plate

This road plate is a modular system of singular linking units – suitable for 44-tonne vehicles over a 700mm trench. Weighing 44kgs, this is much lighter and easier to handle than a steel plate – making it a popular choice among the construction industry. Again, this product is built with anti-slide technology – made from a soft, flexible, rubber material which reduces unwanted movement. Learn more about the LowPro 15/05 Road Plate now.

3. LowPro 23/05 Road Plate

Another modular system of singular linking units, the LowPro 23/05 is again suitable for 44-tonne vehicles – but this time, over a 1200mm trench. This road plate can be installed manually, and again, features superior anti-slide technology, provide secure access to the surface. Learn more about the LowPro 23/05 Road Plate now.

4. LowPro 11/11 Trench Cover

This type of trench cover says goodbye to bolts, providing a safe, simple and secure solution. With an innovative Flexi-Edge system, this trench does not need to be bolted down – which greatly reduces trip hazards. The key benefit of the 11/11 trench cover is that it’s our lightest cover, making it ideal for quick one-person jobs. Learn more about the LowPro 11/11 Trench Cover now.

5. LowPro 12/8 Safe Cover

A versatile, lightweight solution, this trench cover is suitable for 2-tonne vehicles over a 700mm trench. A great option for pedestrians, this is a safe, simple and strong glass reinforced composite cover. One of the key advantages of this trench cover is that it’s both anti-slip and anti-trip, with chamfered edges to prevent trip hazard. Learn more about the LowPro 12/8 Safe Cover now.

Now you know our top 5 performers, view our range of road plates and trench covers online from Oxford Plastics. For more information, contact a member of our helpful team now.

Ultimate guide to traffic cones

Looking to purchase road cones? Or simply want to brush up on your knowledge on them using our helpful FAQs? Our detailed guide to traffic cones has you covered.

What is a traffic cone?

Traffic cones, also known as road cones, highway cones and safety cones, are cone-shaped markers which are placed on the roads or temporary footpaths in order to redirect traffic in a safe manner. Typical uses of road cones include merging lanes during road construction projects, creating separation between vehicles or to manage vehicle accidents.

What colour are traffic cones?

  • Orange – the most common colour for a road cone, this is the standard highwayman cone – ideal for use in heavy traffic and parking control at events.
  • Yellow & white – indicates that no stopping is allowed – see our No Waiting Cone.
  • Blue & white – indicates that there are overhead structures to be aware of (e.g. bridges and power lines)
  • Green & white – indicates an opening to access lanes (often found on motorways amid roadworks)

Road cones FAQs

How big is a traffic cone?

2-part road cones are usually available in a range of sizes, including 1000mm, 750mm and 500mm.

How tall is a traffic cone?

The height of a traffic cone depends on the mph of the road they are being used on. Road cones must be 450mm or above for road speeds of 30mph – 50mph, but if the road speed is above 50mph, the cone height must be 750mm or above.

What material are traffic cones made of?

Traffic cones were originally made from concrete, while road cones are now more typically made from plastic or rubber. Here at Oxford Plastics, we supply a wide range of plastic road cones – made using 100% recycled plastic.

Can you put traffic cones on the road?

Often, people assume you can use road cones to reserve parking spaces, especially outside their homes. However, this is actually breaking road rules – as blocking the road with traffic cones is dangerous. Traffic cones are used on the roads by a professional company in order to control traffic in a certain way, or alert drivers to hazards up ahead.

Where to buy road cones

Oxford Plastics supply a wide range of road cones to buy – from the No Waiting Cone to the Highwayman Cone.

For more information about our road and traffic cones, get in touch with a member of our expert team. Alternatively, learn how to use signs and road cones for social distancing from our detailed guide.

Guide to Avalon® Barriers

Used most often in streetworks, the Avalon traffic barrier provides both stability and security with an innovative lockable connector – facilitating crowds and road traffic effectively. The perfect solution to crowd control, learn more about our Avalon safety barriers from our ultimate guide today.

What is an Avalon® barrier?

An Avalon safety barrier is our most popular safety barrier. Its popularity comes primarily through its versatility – being suitable for both indoor and outdoor pedestrian applications. Typically, this barrier is used in construction, street works, excavation, utility sites and events, while being extremely easy to use and transport.

Features of Avalon® safety barriers

  • Chapter 8 compliant – this product is compliant with Chapter 8 legislation.
  • Varying widths – Avalon plastic barriers are available in 2m, 1m and 0.5m wide.
  • Locking system – the Avalon traffic barrier has a unique and patented linking system design, which secures joints on uneven ground.
  • 100% recyclable – designed and manufactured in the UK, this product is also recyclable – making it the perfect green solution.

Avalon® safety barrier accessories

  • Ballast – for extra stability, you can also add ballast options for high winds. Try our Ballast Trays, Stability Bar or 1 of our StrongWall bases.
  • Spigot – connect the feet to the barriers, and these are available as spare parts to repair your feet.
  • Barrier feet–our barrier feet – ClearPath Feet or ClearPath Extra Feet – are specially designed to overcome trip hazards for pedestrians.

For more information on our Avalon safety barrier, read through our plastic safety barrier compliance document – which details how to use Ballast Trays, the branding options available for your Avalon Barrier and features more extras and replacement parts.

Interested in learning more about our Oxford Plastic safety barriers? Learn more about our top 5 barriers from this detailed guide. Alternatively, get in touch with a member of our expert team now to enquire about your own Oxford Plastics Avalon barriers.