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JCB hail machine as answer to pothole problem

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

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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.

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