02:45AM, Wednesday 05 February 2014
A machine called the Multihog - considered the Swiss army knife of highways equipment - has been tried out on two of the Royal Borough's busiest roads this week.
The machine – which looks like a small tractor with attachments that can spread salt, plough snow and cut verges – will have treated 500 square metres of defects in Dedworth Road and 250 square metres of Forlease Road when the week ends.
It can cut and prepare potholes and patches for filling much more quickly than the traditional manual method.
Cllr Geoff Hill, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The Multihog really is the Swiss army knife of highways plant and brings added value in its ability to be a jack of all trades with regards to road maintenance."
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