A new beast is being unleashed on the roads of Bedford to tackle the problem of pot holes.
The machine - a “Multihog” - is a multi-puropose vehicle that can repair between 100 and 150 square metres of road surface a day.
Specialist attachments can also be bolted on enabling it to grit, clean, clear snow and cut grass.
The Multihog can also churn road surface to depths of up to 125mm in 400mm strips in half the time it would take two workmen with hand-held drills.
With a road speed of 40kmph, the vehicle can drive around the borough from one job to the next rather than having to be loaded on and off a trailer.
Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Our investment in the Multihog is a win-win measure for local roads and local taxpayers. Not only will it enable speedier, good quality highways repairs but it will also achieve real savings in comparison to more traditional means of pothole and patch repair.”
Residents wishing to report a pothole can call 01234 228661 or visit www.bedford.gov.uk