Digger giant JCB has unveiled its ingenious new pothole repair machine to the world – after trialling it on Stoke-on-Trent’s crumbling roads.
The PotholePro has the capability to repair up to 40 potholes a day, halve average repair costs to £30, reduce labour efforts, and hit speeds of 40kmh.
Tests show the technology can complete a pothole repair in less than eight minutes – four times quicker than the traditional method. Now the ‘just add tar’ machine can be leased for £600-a-day by councils.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been working with JCB for the past year as the technology has been developed. During initial tests, the machine completed 51 road repair jobs in just 20 days. That compares with up to six workers taking 63 days to carry out the same work.
City councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for infrastructure, says he has seen a 700 per cent increase in productivity thanks to the machine.
He said: “Potholes are a nuisance to motorists up and down the country and we’ve worked closely with JCB to come up with a solution to what is a national problem.
“At a time when every penny counts for local authorities, we’re delighted to be at the forefront of developing and trialling new technologies and ways of working, especially ones which could save residents money.”
JCB chairman Lord Bamford has personally led the machine’s development.
He said: “Potholes really are the scourge of our nation. Our country is quite rightly fixated on this dreadful problem and, as a British manufacturer, I am fixated on finding a solution. We simply cannot allow our road network to continue to be blighted by potholes.
“JCB’s solution is simple and cost effective and fixes potholes permanently, first time. Once the machine has done its job all the contractor needs to do is just add tar.”