County’s potholes go up in smoke as two new ‘dragons’ fly in

Cambridgeshire has become the ‘mother’ of three fiery ‘dragons’ as the campaign against potholes continues.

This month, Cambridgeshire County Council has been firing up two new specialist machines, known as the ‘dragon patcher’, to complete their pothole repairs.

They will join the county’s first dragon patcher which since January, has made almost 7,000 repairs to potholes and larger patches across Cambridgeshire.

The machine is much more efficient, as it can repair up to 150 potholes a day, and is faster and quieter than traditional methods.

Nicknamed the ‘dragon’ because it fires out flames to dry out the road surface, it is then cleaned with compressed air and sealed with a stone mix and hot bitumen. This is much quicker and simpler compared to traditional methods.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said: “We’ve been working hard to restore our roads following the damage done by the Beast from the East and the severe weather we had earlier this year. We are really pleased to have these two new dragon patchers which arrived in the county this month.

“We have learnt from the previous winter and have already made changes to the way we repair the potholes so we’re ready for this winter and these dragons will help us in our battle. They’re around five times faster than traditional methods and also mobile which is particularly good for rural areas and can do more work for the money.

“Our roads are important to us and we continue to maintain our roads and carry out regular inspections to ensure they are in a good condition.”

With five crews on the ground, plus two dedicated dragon patchers, the County Council is currently filling more than 1,000 potholes a week.

In order to keep our roads maintained, we rely on people to help us by reporting any faults using our online tool


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