New machine bought by council to repair Northamptonshire roads more efficiently this winter

A new machine has been bought by the council to repair the roads in Northamptonshire this winter more efficiently. The Roadmaster delivers significantly lower cost per tonne compared to both traditional and other velocity patching methods, according to Northamptonshire County Council. Cabinet member for highways and place Jason Smithers said: “With less money available to us for repairs we need to make a little go a long way and use innovation to make the public pound stretch further.

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New machine bought by council to repair Northamptonshire roads more efficiently this winterThe Roadmaster is built on an 18-tonne single axle Volvo Truck. Photo: Northamptonshire County Council

“The resultant cost savings and enhanced performance have added enormously to the appeal of the Roadmaster, and the technology has proved to be a less labour intensive and more cost-effective way of repairing roads quickly.”

The next phase of the council’s highways repair programme, which involves various treatment methods including pothole repair, pre-service dress work and sealing cracked services, starts this month. The programme runs alongside the reactive maintenance that addresses issues highlighted by routine inspections and reports via Street Doctor. A combination of winter weather and increased heavy usage causes damage to roads and footways and they become vulnerable as heavy rain, frost and snow all act to make surfaces more susceptible to deterioration.

Earlier in the year two Thermal Road Patching Units started working across Northamptonshire, and the Roadmaster is the latest road repair vehicle to be added to the fleet. With a capacity of up to seven tonnes per load of chips and two loads of chips per day, the machine has enough for a full day of operation. The Roadmaster is built on an 18-tonne single axle Volvo Truck with an automatic transmission and is fitted with an elongated hopper to store chips and a container to store binder.

It is also fitted with a hydraulically-controlled articulated boom which, when not in use, folds across the front of the truck for safer transport.

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