A revolutionary new pothole machine developed by digger giant JCB has been used to help fix potholes on the country’s longest motorway.
The JCB PotholePro was sent to fix the defects on a 10-mile stretch between junctions 14 and 15 for Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme – during two night-time lane closures.
It was all part of a national demonstration programme to show how the innovative machine permanently repairs potholes 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 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 – mechanising a job traditionally carried out by pothole gangs, 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.