HGV drivers can look forward to fewer potholes after Dawsongroup’s order of 50 JCB’s Pothole Pro machines which can repair a pothole in eight minutes.

The machine was put through its paces during transport minister Mark Harper’s recent visit to JCB’s Derbyshire headquarters.

The minister (pictured) was shown how quickly the machine can repair potholes. The demonstration closely followed a major order for 50 Pothole Pros from Dawsongroup, for deployment with councils up and down the country.

Local authority data shows the JCB Pothole Pro can complete a pothole repair in less than eight minutes, four times quicker than standard methods and equivalent to 700 potholes per month.

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JCB said the Pothole Pro can prepare up to 250m2 of roadway in a single shift, or 5,000m3 per month and allows the contractor or local authority to cut the defect, crop the edges and clean the hole with one machine – mechanising jobs traditionally done by pothole gangs and delivering up to a 50% cut in daily costs.

Mark Harper said: “Potholes is an issue that gets raised a lot by my constituents and raised with me as Secretary of State by lots of colleagues in Parliament and that is why we put in place £5bn over this spending review period, specifically for local authorities to pay for local road resurfacing, including pothole maintenance.

“That should give them the confidence to plan and to have a proper strategy to improve the quality of the roads they are responsible for. It means they should take the time and the trouble to think about how effectively they’re going to turn that money into improved roads and innovative solutions, like the one we’ve seen here today with the Pothole Pro.”