Haslingden firm fills pothole repair gap
Technology which can quickly repair potholes has been developed by a Lancashire firm.The equipment, nicknamed ‘the frying bedstead’, heats up both the pothole in the road surface in addition to the filling material to 200 degrees centigrade prior to repairs.
The idea came from engineers at Advanced Combustion Engineering Ltd, based in Haslingden.Bosses at the 25-year-old firm, which employs 12 fabricators, welders, electricians and gas engineers at its base on Commerce Street, hope to sell it to highways authorities who face a hefty backlog of pothole repairs due to the harsh weather conditions.
In Lancashire alone, an extra 6,000 potholes have been reported to the county council over the past year, with diminishing budgets leaving councils facing a difficult task to keep on top of repairs.Mike Pollitt is managing director of the firm, which also manufactures heating combustion equipment for other industries such as cereal producers, textile companies and metal fabricators. He said: “Normally when you see potholes repaired, the water is brushed out of the pothole, some Tarmac is shovelled off a flat bed truck into it and then it’s rolled.
“Our equipment is placed over the replacement Tarmac and the pothole with the infra-red heat source bringing the materials and the hole up to the same extreme temperature, meaning the bond is much stronger.”Mike and his team are now marketing their Infra-red Tarmac Pothole Repairer and will be branding it ‘the frying bedstead’, the nickname given to the product by the team.