Cllr David Williams, Cllr Mark Deaville and JCB's Ben Rawding with the Pothole Pro machine
Cllr David Williams, Cllr Mark Deaville and JCB's Ben Rawding with the Pothole Pro machine

Highways chiefs have taken delivery of a new machine they hope will help tackle road repairs across Staffordshire.

Crews will undertake training on the JCB Pothole Pro which will roll into action later this month.

The machine is designed to repair holes in the road in around eight minutes without the need for additional equipment or manpower.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for commercial, Cllr Mark Deaville, said:

“After being put through its paces last year in trials around the county, the Pothole Pro proved its mettle in a variety of different situations, and will be seen out and about on Staffordshire’s roads in the coming months.

“We are always looking for opportunities to trial new machinery so we can repair our roads as quickly and as effectively as possible, minimising the disruption to Staffordshire motorists.

“The Pothole Pro will be a great addition to our arsenal of machinery and, alongside our £30million investment in Staffordshire’s highways over the next two years, will really make a difference to our roads.”

Cllr Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council

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Ian Bird
7 months ago

Do I read this as only 1 machine maybe the council should look into bulk buying

Philip
7 months ago

Only eight minutes for each pothole! Brilliant, can we have it in Lichfield for the first two or three years please?

Steven Norman
7 months ago

Here we are again. Another press release about another wonderful magical machine that will banish all potholes in Staffordshire just like the one a couple of years ago and the one before that.

MN05
7 months ago

Let’s hope it’s not another “penny wise and a £ foolish” promise or “good money after bad “fallacy. Staffordshsire has had several years of another type of magic pothole machine, yet the resources committed every time it is used locally are frittered away within months. The aggregate used with this magic machine is so diminutive that the pothole repair has no strength and the repair fails needing yet more expenditure. Good for contractors, but wasteful for council tax payers.
I’m sure the traditional tarmacadam process, although initially more time consuming, pays dividends eventually and is probably no more costly in total than the magic pothole machine.

Alan R
7 months ago

I think that they could have done with at least one more machine to speed up the repairs!

Grumpy
7 months ago

This should be a 24/7 operation. There are that many

Inspector gadget
7 months ago

Absolute rubbish machine, too big, slow, still needs the exact same cre next to it to fill the hole and compact it, just using a 300k machine instead of a 2 k saw and breaker. It won’t work and won’t last.

MATTHEW
7 months ago

Rather than paying for a sueveyor to drive round marking the potholes to nevee get donw heres an idea. Tell the crew to go down a road and fill every pot hole they can see. 1 less wage 1 less van less spray cans. Put the money towards another machine.

LJE
7 months ago

I’m sick and fed up of reading about how Staffordshire Highways are going to mend the hundreds and thousands of potholes!
Start with the slip road from Cappers Lane onto the A38. It is impossible to avoid the craters! My husband’s car has recently had a broken nearside road spring, caused by potholes £600.
Staffordshire roads are atrocious.