Stoke-on-Trent City Council has become the first authority in the UK to take delivery of one of JCB's remarkable 'PotholePro' machines.
The PotholePro, which can repair potholes in as little as eight minutes and at half the cost, was launched by JCB earlier this year. Stoke-on-Trent Council played a part in the development of the machine, which was handed over to Deputy Leader Councillor Daniel Jellyman by Lord Bamford at JCB World Headquarters.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Regeneration and Heritage, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have our own JCB PotholePro. We’ve been fortunate to help JCB with the development of the machine over the past year, so we’ve been able to test it out extensively on our roads already and be at the forefront of developing new technologies and ways of working to tackle a problem motorists face up and down the country.
“During that time, we’ve been able to fix 7,000sqm of patches, which is the equivalent of Wembley Stadium’s football pitch. We’ve done that in just 80 days. Using traditional methods this would have taken 758 days, so the work rate and success of this machine speaks for itself."
The PotholePro project was personally supervised by JCB Chairman Lord Bamford, who said: “It was great to meet with the council and hear what a positive impact the PotholePro had made on the roads of Stoke-on-Trent. Our vision for this machine was to fix Britain’s roads quickly and permanently and this is just what the JCB machine is doing right on our doorstep. I’m delighted with the results.”
The PotholePro is certainly impressive in operation. See how it works below.