Filling potholes faster than ever

FAST FILLING: The Roadmaster Velocity Patcher in Sutton St Edmund
FAST FILLING: The Roadmaster Velocity Patcher in Sutton St Edmund
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A vehicle dubbed ‘the world’s most advanced potholing machine’ has been leading the way on some of Spalding’s worst roads.

Lincolnshire County Council is one of the first in the UK to trial the ‘The Roadmaster Velocity Patcher’.

It was tested on roads in Sutton St Edmund last year filling 300 potholes a day, 220 more than the two man crews they usually send out manage.

Now they’ve got the pothole saviour for a further six weeks repairing roads in Spalding and Boston.

It’s come at the same time the council has been invited to bid for a share of a £168 million repair fund from the government.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We’ll obviously be applying for as much as we can get, but just a few million would go a long way to improve the condition of our network here in Lincolnshire.”

Meanwhile, it seems the Roadmaster and its one man crew offer a permanent repair compared to the temporary fill we are used to.

The council recently returned to the patches they tested the machine on last year to find them still in place and performing well.

Now they are considering purchasing a machine of their own to work on roads across the county.