Velocity | 2017 sees over half a million potholes repaired
Road repair specialists Velocity have fixed over 500,000 defects throughout the UK in 2017 as more and more local authorities employ the innovative technique to keep their network up to standard.
Now in its twentieth year, the company pioneered spray-injection patching to permanently repair potholes and other defects as well as carrying out preventative repairs at a fraction of the cost of traditional ‘excavate and fill’ techniques.
Unlike traditional techniques, Velocity’s repairs are cold-applied, spraying emulsion coated aggregate into defects at high velocity, compacting from the bottom-up creating a perfect seal with the existing surface.
Each repair takes just two minutes, when it is ready for traffic immediately. The state-of-the-art machines, which are designed and manufactured by Velocity in Sunderland, are completely self-contained with a capacity to carry out up to 200 permanent repairs per day.
Leon Ryan, Velocity’s UK Sales Manager, said: “2017 has been a very productive year for Velocity, with extensive programmes being carried out for local authorities and term-maintenance contractors throughout the UK.
“Working in partnership with rural authorities, we have delivered programmes that have seen over 35,000 repairs completed. Because of the speed and value of Velocity patching, we’ve been able to bring more roads up to standard and carry out preventative maintenance at the same time. That wouldn’t be possible with traditional techniques.
“Already, proactive local authorities have programmes planned with us for early 2018 to repair the damage caused by the current cold weather. Now is a good time to prepare and tackle any defects to protect the road network.”
Best way to fix potholes
Velocity’s expertise was under the spotlight as the company went head-to-head in the battle against potholes on the BBC’s flagship magazine programme, The One Show.
Dubbed ‘Pothole Wars’, Velocity performed under the watchful eyes of an expert panel to determine the best way to tackle the potholes.
The panel was headed by Keith Jones, director of the Institution of Civil Engineers, who has over 40 years’ experience of highways maintenance. He was joined by the AA’s Patrol of the Year 2017 Vince Crain and Victoria Hazael, representing Cycling UK.
Three innovative processes were compared, each repairing identical defects side-by-side.
The panel observed each process, with the judging criteria including time to perform a repair, costs, durability and smoothness of the finished surface.
With each process compared side-by-side Velocity was declared the winner of the contest; the best way to fix a pothole.
Velocity’s managing director, Dominic Gardner, said: “The judges were enthusiastic about the speed and cost saving of Velocity patching.
“More so, they were impressed by the durability of the repair and the fact that it’s ready for traffic immediately.
“Filming the feature was also a great opportunity to demonstrate the work we are doing in partnership with local authorities throughout the UK. All three processes were great examples of the innovative approaches that are used to maintain our roads and footpaths.”