New Approach to Potholes

Potholes in Coventry will be repaired and fixed permanently in super quick time after the Council’s highways service purchased JCB’s revolutionary pothole machine.

The PotholePro can repair a pothole in less than eight minutes, and it has been working on city roads in recent days.

The Council took part in a trial demonstration on Abbey Road, Coventry last summer where the machine repaired in excess of 100 sq metre patches in the road in just two hours.  A stretch of road that usually takes four days to repair.

After closely monitoring the potential impact on road repairs the Council ordered the machine and it is now working on city roads.

According to JCB, the new JCB Pothole Pro is a unique 3 in 1 solution specifically designed to sort out any pothole repair or large reinstatement operations, efficiently, economically and permanently. Because it comes with 3 dedicated attachments to cut, crop and clean, there’s no need for additional specialist equipment or extra manpower, saving both time and money.

The development of the JCB PotholePro has been personally led by JCB Chairman Lord Bamford. He said: “Potholes really are a blight on our nation and the solution we have developed with the JCB PotholePro offers a quick and permanent fix. I’m delighted that Coventry City Council is joining other authorities across the UK in investing in the JCB PotholePro, which is exceeding expectations with its speed and productivity.”

Tests with local authorities and contractors show the JCB PotholePro can complete a pothole repair in less than eight minutes – equivalent to up to 250 square metres per day and 700 potholes per month at a cost of £29.28 per sq metre. With a 40km/h travel speed, the machine can rapidly relocate between sites without additional transport costs.

The new approach to potholes helps to implement the new Transport Strategy for Coventry, which is under consultation this month. The Council says that it will seek to maintain all of the city’s highways, including roads, footpaths and cycleways, to a high standard. They plan to do this through a separate Highways Infrastructure Asset Management Strategy.

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