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JCB PotholePro works on M6 motorway

by Kyle Molyneux  |  Tue 27 Apr 2021

JCB PotholePro works on M6 motorway

JCB’s brand new pothole fixer 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 – Junctions 14 and 15 between Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme – during two night-time lane closures. 

The night shift on the 10-mile stretch was all part of a national demonstration programme to show how the innovative machine repairs potholes – permanently – in less than eight minutes flat. 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 could have filled so many more holes.”

At 230 miles in length, the M6 – known as the ‘Backbone of Britain’ – is the country’s longest motorway. JCB’s PotholePro allowed the team to cut the defect, crop the edges and clean the hole with one machine – mechanising a job traditionally carried out by pothole gangs therefore resulting in a reduction in the number of people needed on the ground.  

JCB’s PotholePro machine can repair up to 250 square metres per day, equivalent to 700 potholes per month, and with a 40km/h travel speed, the machine can also rapidly relocate between sites without additional transport costs. In March, Stoke-on-Trent council signed the first customer deal for a JCB PotholePro.

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