A SPECIALIST machine designed at a major East Staffordshire employer has been hailed as the answer to the UK’s pothole problem.
The digger firm JCB, which has a plant in Rocester, has launched its new machine, the Potholemaster.
The announcement came after the Government revealed it would make an extra £200 million available to tackle problem roads across the UK.
Yvette Henshall-Bell, a managing director at JCB, said the machine was developed after a team of engineers from the plant worked closely with experts in the highways industry.
She said: “Potholes are a huge issue for UK motorists and in lots of cases the repairs are nothing more than sticking plaster solutions.
“With the JCB Potholemaster we are offering a cost-effective, permanent solution for fixing potholes in an attempt to help rid Britain of the pothole menace.”
The news came after Staffordshire County Council was handed £2,131,285 and Derbyshire County Council £2,946,577 from a government pot of £183.5 million.
It was allocated to help improve the condition roads after they were battered during recent bad weather.