Henry Williams & Son Welcomes New Pothole Prevention System to its Fleet

14th November 2018

The UK’s pothole problem could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the arrival of the first Targeted Pothole Prevention system (TPP) at the yard of road surfacing specialist, Henry Williams & Son this week.

The company has seen first-hand the amount of time and money spent on repairing potholes; effort and expense that could be avoided using the company’s new technology, which target dresses vulnerable areas of road preventing further deterioration before potholes form.

Explains Steve Williams from Henry Williams & Son: “Repairing potholes is costly and time-consuming, which causes expense and logistical issues for local authorities and those responsible for privately adopted roads, while creating disruption for road users.

“Our new Pothole Prevention system is fast and targeted.  It addresses the problem before it can become a major issue and, for the first time, provides highways engineers with an early intervention strategy to prevent potholes forming. Our innovative system is extremely quick and accurate too so it often will not even be necessary to close roads at all while we carry out essential preventative maintenance.”

The team at Henry Williams & Son scoured Europe to identify a proven pothole prevention solution that could genuinely help to address the issue of potholes on UK roads and the arrival of the first specially-adapted road dressing vehicle looks set to be the first in a planned fleet of equipment.

The company will immediately complete operator training using the new equipment, which enables operatives to use onboard computer equipment to select and treat at-risk areas of the surface in one swift process.

A series of live trials are being carried out across the UK on a variety of roads, including both urban and rural environments, to provide tangible data on the speed and targeted dressing effectiveness of the TPP system before carrying out full-scale road maintenance projects.

The company believes that the new pothole prevention system will help to address an issue which, according to the most recent Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey, has created a 14-year backlog in road repairs, with a  total of more than 24,400 miles of road identified as needing essential maintenance within the next year,

Steve continues: “The TPP system has been designed to break the current cycle that UK highways engineers find themselves in.  We can intervene with targeted pothole prevention technology, repairing the carriageway before the potholes form. This will not only reduce road maintenance costs by around two thirds when compared to traditional repairs to fully-formed potholes, but will also contribute to reducing the £1 million a month the AA estimates is claimed by motorists due to potholes damage to vehicles.

“This is a truly revolutionary approach to managing road maintenance and repairs.  We’re delighted to be bringing it to the UK for the first time and can’t wait to get our new vehicle out on the road.”