JCB PotholePro proves its worth on M6
New pothole-fixing machine repairs 10 miles of fast-lane surface defects during two night-time lane closures
JCB’s brand new pothole fixer has put in a night shift on the fast lane of the M6 – mending road defects in double-quick time.
The JCB PotholePro was sent to fix holes on one of the motorway’s busiest stretches – from junctions 14 to 15 between Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme – during two night-time lane closures.
The night shift on the 10-mile stretch was part of a national demonstration programme to show how the innovative machine can repair a pothole, permanently, in less than eight minutes.
JCB PotholePro product specialist Ben Rawding said: ‘The JCB PotholePro really did live up to expectations in the fast lane of the M6 – it filled the potholes so quickly that we ran out of tar.
‘It was done so quickly and efficiently; it could have filled so many more holes. The main thing is that the repairs were done rapidly and permanently.’
JCB’s PotholePro allowed the team to cut the defect, crop the edges and clean the hole with one machine – mechanizing a job traditionally carried out by a pothole gang and reducing the number of people needed on the ground.
The machine can repair up to 250 square metres per day, equivalent to 700 potholes per month, and with a 40km/h travel speed, it can also rapidly relocate between sites without additional transport costs.