Another pothole-blasting monster has taken to the county roads as more resources are poured into tackling the aftermath of a tough winter.
Oxfordshire County Council has recruited its third ‘dragon patcher’ which uses a combination of compressed air, heat, bitumen and chippings to repair holes.
The latest conscription, capable of repairing up to 200 potholes a day, means there are now two full-time machines in the county in addition to another shared with Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.
Owen Jenkins, the county council’s director for infrastructure delivery, said: “It is clear that these machines are having an impact not just in the amount of work they are getting through but also saving money to put into resurfacing.
“The county council, like all councils responsible for roads, has a very limited budget and we have to look for innovative ways to get more value out of every pound we spend.”
Repeated cycles of ice, thaws and snow have created poor weather conditions for roads over the past few months.
In the past year the council’s own machine, along with the shared dragon, has fixed more than 21,000 potholes.
It is expected that the new one, over the next 12 months, could fill up to 14,000 more.
Oxfordshire also received a pothole repair fund of £1.8million from the government last month to help fill in the holes.