Revolutionary pothole fixing machine put to work in Stoke, where it has repaired 10,000m² of road in 130 days
The JCB PotholePro has impressed drivers in Stoke by doing in four months what would take three years with traditional pothole repair methods.
Stoke City Council became the first local authority to invest in the machine last year, having trialled it for a number of months. Now, it’s been used to repair 10,000m² of road – an area equivalent to eight Olympic-sized swimming pools – in just 130 days. This would normally have taken 1,040 days.
The device can fix a single pothole in around eight minutes – four times quicker than a conventional crew. It costs around £165,000, with councils able to finance the machine for £600 per month.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for infrastructure, regeneration and heritage at Stoke City Council, commented: “It’s proving so effective across the city that councillors and residents are actively asking for the PotholePro when a highway network issue arises.
“Put simply, the JCB PotholePro delivers a consistent and permanent repair in a fraction of the time. We are also able to deploy it on a multitude of other tasks and this delivers huge rewards in terms of time saved.”
JCB Chairman Lord Bamford added: “Potholes really are a blight on our nation and the solution we have developed with the JCB PotholePro offers a quick and permanent fix.
“Changing the long-established ways local authorities repair roads takes time, but I’m pleased that councils across the UK are now starting to see the real benefits of the JCB PotholePro, which is exceeding expectations with its speed and productivity.”
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