JCB’s brand new PotholePro highway maintenance machine has been meaning defects on one of the busiest stretches of the M6-between junctions 14 and 15 during two night-time closures.
The nightshift 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. At 230 miles in length, the M6 – is the country’s longest motorway.
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 by the JCB PotholePro.”
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.
The machine can repair up to 250 square metres per day, equivalent to 700 potholes per month, and with a 40 kilometres per hour travel speed, the machine can also rapidly relocate between sites without additional transport costs.