JCB’S revolutionary Pothole Pro has hit the road for the first time in Ireland to wage war on the country’s potholes.

Louth County Council has just invested in the country’s first Pothole Pro machine in a bid to fix potholes permanently on its 1,000 miles of roads. The machine was sold by JCB dealer ECI JCB.

Tests with local authorities and contractors show the JCB Pothole Pro completes a permanent pothole repair in under eight minutes – equivalent to up to 250m2 a day or 700 potholes a month.

Mark Johnston, Senior Engineer at Louth County Council, said: “Potholes which often form quickly and randomly, especially in wet weather, overwhelm scarce council resources, disrupt motorists and can cause extensive damage to vehicles.

“Keeping the road in good condition is a priority for Louth County Council and this ground-breaking technology will be vital in enabling us to meet the Council’s strategy of prompt pothole mending with no requirement for further, future repair.”

Councillor Conor Keelan, Chairman of Louth County Council, said: “This is a fantastic new development towards further improving the efficiency of our operations across the roads of County Louth.”

Louth County Council will begin repairs across the county this month. The JCB Pothole Pro has been part-funded by the Department of Transport.

One local authority – Stoke-on-Trent City Council – completed almost three years of repairs in just over four months earlier this year after it invested in a JCB Pothole Pro.