A hole lot better

Meet the three-in-one pothole beater that will be applauded by drivers all over Bucks.

Used by many councils across the country, the JCB PotholePro is a time-saving vehicle designed to make repairs faster.

First it cuts into the road surface where a pothole has appeared; then it crops the perimeter of the hole neatly to allow a watertight repair; and finally brushes away and collects the debris afterwards.

Highway teams just need to lay and compact asphalt into the prepared hole to complete the repair.

The benefits of using such a vehicle are speed but also that operators are safely in their cab, with no risk from vibrating manual tools affecting their hands or fingers.

Cabinet Member for Transport Councillor Steven Broadbent said: ‘I joined the crew training on the PotholePro last week and was impressed with the potential of the machine and the speed the crew picked up the skills to operate the machine safely.

‘This is just one of a number of tools we will be using to invest in and improve our roads. Whilst the machine won’t be able to access everywhere or fix all types of defects, it has great potential as another option we can use on our road network.’

Although potholes can occur at any time of the year, it is late winter and early spring where the weather can have a massive impact on the number of potholes forming.

There is also an increase in the number of potholes on the county’s roads after heavy rain followed by freezing temperatures.

Buckinghamshire Highways carries out regular inspections of the highway network by dedicated staff to ensure potholes and other defects are identified and repaired at the right time, keeping roads safe.

Problems on Bucks roads and footways should also continue to be reported using Fix My Street.