The biggest fleet of JCB 'Pothole Pros' is set to hit the the UK roads, after one of the country’s leading hirers placed an order for 50 machines.

Commercial asset supplier Dawsongroup had already bought 11 of the machines – although all are now out on long-term hire with councils up and down the country, and more were urgently needed.

Meanwhile, demand for the capable machines is huge - especially given the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey estimating that there are a record £14 billion worth of outstanding road repairs in England and Wales. In more tangible terms, that's approximately a nine-year backlog.

Dawsongroup Managing Director Glen Carruthers said: “We only bought our first JCB Pothole Pro under a year ago and the response has been staggering, with the whole of the current fleet now out on hire. We have placed this additional order simply to keep up with demand.”

JCB Municipalities General Manager Ben Rawding added: “It’s great to see the success that Dawsongroup is enjoying with the Pothole Pro. More and more local authorities, and the contractors working on their behalf, are recognising that the Pothole Pro is the best way to fix Britain’s roads quickly and permanently, first time. It is now easier than ever for UK authorities to get a JCB Pothole Pro on to their network, whether it’s in a city or in a rural county and the public will now really start to see their presence on the roads and streets around the UK.”

Tests show the JCB Pothole Pro can complete a pothole repair in under eight minutes - four times faster than standard methods. With a 40km/h travel speed, the machine can also rapidly relocate between sites without additional transport costs.

Dawsongroup | emc is JCB’s official rental partner for the Pothole Pro, and the additional machines will be supplied through dealer TC Harrison JCB.