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Throughout August, we asked residents across our social media channels to suggest names for Cambridgeshire's dragon patchers, as we mark their first year of service in the county. Just like their gritter pals – Gritney Spears, Brad Grit, Usain Salt and crew, we thought it was about time they were named too. 

The votes are in and the public has spoken. We are proud to announce 'You've Been Flamed' and 'Al Patch-ino' have been declared as the winning names for our Dragon Patchers!

The winners were invited to a reveal event in Huntingdon at the Highways Depot where they got a chance to meet the Dragons, staff, Cllr Shuter and see the fiery machines in action. See a short clip from the event below.

Dragon Patcher competition - name reveal

What is a dragon patcher?

Our dragon patchers play a vital role in helping us tackle potholes around the county.

The specialist machines fire out flames (hence the dragon name) to dry out the road surface, which is then cleaned with compressed air and sealed with a stone mix and hot bitumen. The machines are highly efficient, as they can each repair up to 150 potholes a day, and are faster and quieter than traditional methods.

Together with our crews, the dragon patchers have helped repair more than 58,000 potholes since they flew into Cambridgeshire last August and have played a crucial part in the fight against potholes.

Watch one of our previous videos demonstrating how the dragon patcher works.


Reporting potholes

Thank you to everyone who has reported potholes through our online system. Please continue to report these issues using our online Highways Reporting Tool


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