Thanks Andy from what you say it looks as if I can coat it in tarmac. Its
an old bungalow and several around have tarmac drives which look ok so I
might run with that. I'm not too worried about time scales, I'm a pensioner
now and so long as it sees me of the planet then that will do.
Any idea how much per sq metre were talking about ?
OK. It's helpful to know what the more complete story is.
Given what you have and the time available, I would ask several
contractors to come and quote and then compare. Ask them for a spec.
of what exactly they will use. That's a good way to separate the
cowboys from those who know what they are doing and are prepared to
sign up for a proper job.
It's certainly unwise to fall for the wiles of people who come along
with a load of tarmac because of a motorway job, and so on.
The Paving Expert site is very helpful and woth spending time going
through. There are price ranges You can post questions in the forum
and should get a range of responses from various people including
I didn't find anything in what I was looking for that was factually
incorrect, but there were places where there was more information
available elsewhere. There are a range of prices, but it is quite
influenced by location, season, workload etc.
damn ... I saw 14 articles in this thread and thought that it was going
to be a useful discussion of a problem that I, too, have, namely a
buggered up concrete drive which I sometimes think I might get tarmacced
We've just had our drive re-tarmac'd (tarmac slapped
straight onto tarmac). 
If it was a concrete base I think I'd get a good layer
of bitumastic painted onto the concrete first. This
would ensure that the tarmac is stuck down to the
concrete, rather than a layer that might lift.
 It was a repair by contractors from the local
water company, after a burst main damaged the front
20% of our drive. It was a little splash and dash
but I'm not complaining because they resurfaced the
whole drive, rather than patch the damaged section.
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