Revolutionary pothole fixing machine tackles Luton street

Potholes are repaired four times quicker than standard methods and at half the cost

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 3:39 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 3:40 pm

British digger maker JCB brought its new revolutionary pothole fixing machine to Luton in one of its first-ever demonstrations.

The company launched the PotholePro earlier this year - a machine that can repair a pothole in less than eight minutes, four times quicker than standard methods and at half the cost of current solutions.

The Luton demonstration took place recently in Bolingbroke Road – with the machine fixing an 80 metre square patch in just a few hours.

The Luton demonstration took place recently in Bolingbroke Road

Local residents said they were delighted to see the machine eradicate a number of problem potholes within this patch of highway.

The demonstration was arranged by Flannery Plant and Volker Highways who in turn invited their client Luton Borough Council to attend the trial.

Graham Davey, procurement director at Volker Highways, said: “We were delighted to bring the new innovative JCB PotholePro on to Luton’s roads and were very impressed with the results.

“Having one machine that can cut a sizeable repair area, plane, load and clean, compared to traditional methods with multiple machines and tool operations taking place on site, is hugely beneficial to all involved.”

Matt Joel, contract manager at Volker Highways, added: “The quietness of the machine in an urban environment and the clear health, safety and environmental benefits of the PotholePro. were there to see.”

The machine’s development has been personally 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. 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 then needs to do is just add tar.”

The demo was organised through JCB dealer Greenshields JCB. The launch of the PotholePro follows a vow from Chancellor Rishi Sunak last November to invest £1.6bn to fix potholes in Britain and ‘level-up’ uneven roads. Shock figures from the AA reveal more than £11bn-worth of potholes need repairing across the UK.

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