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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. 

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our competition and suggested names for the dragon patchers. Voting has now closed.

The two winning names will be revealed on social media on Thursday 19 September 2019. You can follow the competition using the hashtag #DragonsOfCambs and watch the naming ceremony live on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Image of two dragon patcher machines

Cambridgeshire's two dragon patchers.

Side view of dragon patcher machine.

The winning names will be printed onto the front of the machines.

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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