An eight-week pilot programme has seen a record number of repairs completed at almost half the cost across Thurrock’s roads and highways.

The innovative programme – undertaken together with Thurrock Council’s partner, Velocity – uses a device known as a jet patcher to fill cracks and potholes in roads.

Once a crack or crevice has been found, the jet patcher fires bitumen and stone into the damaged road surface and firms it into place before allowing it to cool.

Over the course of two2 months, more than 1,900 repairs were completed on roads across the borough.