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May 2021

A Guide To Road Plate Hire for Covering Holes in Construction

Road plates are manufactured from a variety of different materials and are used in an array of different industries. They come in various shapes and sizes to suit each specific need. Almost every utility or road construction project requires road plates to cover open excavations and allow both pedestrian and vehicle traffic to pass through freely.

Road plates are designed to provide a temporary solution to broken road areas or ground excavations where either vehicles or pedestrians pass through frequently. Steel road plates can be used for driveway access, road crossings, crane access, excavation protection and many other applications.

Road plates come in a variety of different sizes to suit different needs and applications:

  • 1.8m x 1.8m x 20mm - these are the typical size for covering footpaths and entrances to private driveways

  • 2.4m x 1.2m x 12mm - these are typically used for footpaths and hole coverings for light traffic with the long side of the plate bridging the void. These are the most widely used size of road plate with utility operations.

  • 2.4m x 1.8m x 12mm - used for hole coverings for light traffic.

  • 3.0m x 1.5m x 20mm - used for heavier vehicles and can be used to cover grounds such as playing fields and lawn areas. 

  • 4.0m x 2.4m x 20mm - used for larger, heavier plant crossing and to cover larger areas of excavation. They can also be used to support crane legs. The weight is distributed over a greater surface area.     

  • 6.0m x 2.4m x 20mm - cover two lanes of traffic, larger plant and to support crane legs. The weight is distributed over a greater surface area. 


We hope you have found this article. For more information on steel road, plate hire speak with one of our experts today on (07) 38652705.



road plates are non-treated plates that are used as a temporary road covering, they are often used to provide a heavy-duty road covering over areas of work. Steel road plates are easy to install and are larger and typically more durable than composite road plates.


road plates offer an alternative to traditional steel road plates they are manufactured from composite plastics. They are generally lighter than their steel counterparts but lack the same durability and wear resistance.

Road Plate Features

Steel road plates are designed to be heavy duty with the busiest roads in mind. They have several key design features which include:

  • Heavyweight design for robust strength, these plates must be able to withstand the force of hundreds of cars, trucks and heavy machinery crossing over them. The weight of the road plate itself will typically depend on the size and thickness of the plate that is required to cover the excavation.
  • Innovation and health and safety considerations have allowed road plate design to include anti-skid finishes on many versions, allowing optimum traction for both pedestrian and vehicle safety.

  • Hinged versions allow quick access to an excavation or even regular access across it for example, at the driveway of a site at the end of each working day.

  • Steel road plates are generally quick to deploy and can be installed easily using the appropriate machinery. The loading for the vehicle that passes over the plate is transferred to the edges of the plate.


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