Velocity invests in capacity to tackle potholes on the UK’s road network
28th August 2018
Sunderland’s Velocity has invested in new machines to meet record demand for their road repair services.
The company pioneered spray-injection patching to permanently repair potholes as well as carrying out preventative repairs at a fraction of the cost of traditional ‘excavate and fill’ techniques.
Repairs take just two minutes and are ready for traffic immediately, minimising disruption for road users. The self-contained machines have a capacity to carry out up to 200 permanent repairs per day.
In 2017, over 1.5 million potholes were filled on the UK’s road network costing taxpayers £94.9 million.
Typically, a Velocity repair costs as little as £12 compared to a national average of £52, allowing local authorities to complete more repairs, more quickly.
Designed and manufactured by Velocity in Sunderland, the two new machines join a fleet of twenty operating throughout the UK.
Dominic Gardner, managing director of Velocity, said: “2017 was a record year for Velocity. The demand for our services has continued to grow with over 300,000 repairs already delivered in 2018.
“This year we have added five machines to our fleet and trained new operators to carry out repairs. Velocity Patching is an important component in the asset management strategy of our customers, helping them to get more from their budget.
“Our order book has grown with both new customers and existing customers expanding their programmes with us. This significant investment will help us keep up with demand.”
The first of the new machines left Sunderland for West Yorkshire for a programme of repairs in Bradford.
Dave Mazurke, Group Manager Highways Maintenance at Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council said: “For us, Velocity Patching is an absolute winner. The machine is an innovative piece of kit, and the speed of repairs means the productivity is phenomenal. As a contractor, the operators are very good. They’re always available, helpful and ready for feedback.
“In Bradford, we’ve reduced the number of potholes by 25% over the past few years. Velocity have contributed to that, and we get a lot of positive feedback from elected members and the public.”
Part of the Reece Group, Velocity also design and manufacture their machines for export, with machines operating in North America, South America, the Middle East and Asia.