VIDEO: Meet the dragon, the fire-breathing machine to fix Peterborough’s potholes

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A fire-breathing machine to fix Peterborough’s potholes is being used by the city council.

Called the ‘dragon’ due to its fire-emitting nozzle, it is in the second and final week of its use by the council which also had access to it for a fortnight in May. The Skanska machine fixes as many potholes that are in the location it is working in.

The new fire breathing pothole repair wagon on display at Peakirk EMN-151020-182254009

The new fire breathing pothole repair wagon on display at Peakirk EMN-151020-182254009

The area which needs repairing is cleaned with compressed air and then sealed with a combination of stone chippings and hot bitumen emulsion.

The surface is then ready to take traffic. In colder weather conditions a flame is applied to warm the surface.

The patcher also treats minor cracks and crazing that could otherwise develop into potholes.

Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development at the council, said: “Potholes are a nuisance for all road users. If we can find a more efficient and effective way to tackle them it is good news for the council and everyone in Peterborough.”