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Stoke-on-Trent City Council became the first authority in the UK to invest in JCB’s PotholePro machine. The machine claims to repair potholes in eight minutes and at half the cost of current solutions.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage at the city council, said he was very impressed with the trials which took place last year and as a result the PotholePro will now be deployed on the city’s roads.
Cllr Jellyman said: “We know how important road maintenance is to our residents and that is why we are at the front of the queue for one of these fantastic machines.
“We are currently investing £25 million, one of the biggest ever sustained investments in the city’s highways, with potholes filled and pavements and roads resurfaced on a daily basis.
“This machine is another weapon in our armoury as we make sure our road network is maintained to a high standard for residents, businesses and visitors, which is vital to rebuilding our economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“At a time when every penny counts for local authorities, we are delighted to have been at the forefront of developing and trialling this new machine. We can’t wait to get our hands on it and put it to work on the city’s roads.”
JCB Director Paul Murray said: “We are absolutely delighted to see Stoke-on-Trent City Council become the first authority in the UK to invest in the machine.
“The council has been involved right from the very early stages of its creation. The team has worked with us throughout the development process and took part in trials last year.
“They’ve clearly seen the benefits and believe in the machine which as manufacturers is great news.”
The machine will be supplied in the next few weeks.
Between now and the end of June, a fleet of PotholePros are being demonstrated to potential customers across the UK and Ireland.
The machine’s development has been led by JCB Chairman Lord Bamford. 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.
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“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.”
The PotholePro allows the contractor to cut the road defect, crop the edges and clean the hole with one machine. This will half the cost of pothole repairs and take just eight minutes.
With a 40km per hour travel speed, the machine can rapidly relocate between sites without additional transport costs.
It is estimated that the machine will be able to fix 700 potholes a month.
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