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New machine brought in to tackle potholes across Wolverhampton

City of Wolverhampton Council has been using a Velocity Patcher to repair roads across the city which have been damaged by potholes.

New machine brought in to tackle potholes across Wolverhampton
Velocity Patcher

New machine brought in to tackle potholes across Wolverhampton
Velocity Patcher repairing roads across the city

New machine brought in to tackle potholes across Wolverhampton
Velocity Patcher repairing potholes

The City Council has been trialling the approach which provides a quick and effective way to protect road surfaces to benefit drivers.

Known as velocity patching, the modern technique has been deployed across the city and involves patching roads by forcing material into the pothole under high pressure.

The hose is initially used to blast the pothole with air, to clear out dirt, debris and water.

Using a blend of bitumen and chippings that are passed through a hose at high speed, each repair can be completed in a matter of minutes.

This modern technique costs less than half of a traditional patch method, but with the same repair guarantee period.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council said: "The Velocity Patcher is a fantastic approach to tackling potholes across our city.

"Repairing potholes can be time consuming and costly. With this technique, what would normally take a couple of hours and cause traffic disruption will take a matter of minutes with vehicles ready to drive over it immediately.

"I'm really impressed with the Velocity Patcher and hope the taxpayers of Wolverhampton can see the value for money we are trying to provide to repair the roads as fast as we can with the resources we have to keep the city moving."

View the Velocity Patcher in action.

  • released: Monday 29 October, 2018