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Multihogs to tackle more potholes across Shropshire in August

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A Multihog treating a road near Ludlow

A Multihog treating a road near Ludlow

Shropshire Council’s three Multihog road planer machines will be tackling more potholes and other defects on roads across Shropshire next month [August 2022].

The Multevo Multihog planes off the road surface to enable a squared-off hole to be filled by a following gang. It’s quicker than having to saw-cut and break-out the defective road by hand – tackling potholes and other defects more quickly and effectively

In August the Multihogs and their crews are set to treat the following roads:

Crew 1 (Central Shropshire)

1 to 5 August: Racecourse Lane, Shrewsbury
8 to 9 August: Little Oxon Lane, Shrewsbury
8 to 13 August: TBC
15 August to 2 September: Oteley Road, Shrewsbury

Crew 2 (South Shropshire)

29 July to 2 August – B4378 Shipton to Brockton
3 to 12 August: Claverley to Upper Aston
15 to 16 August: Innage Lane, Bridgnorth
17 to 18 August: B4373 Innage Lane to Stanley Road, Bridgnorth
19 to 22 August: B4364 Ludlow Road Bridgnorth
20 August A49 to Cheney Longville
23 to 30 August: B4364 The Downs to Telegraph Lane
31 August to 2 September: Middle Wood Road, Ludlow

Crew 3 (North Shropshire)

1 to 5 August: TBC
8 to 12 August: B4398 Maesbrook to Llanymynech
15 to 19 August: Adderley
20 August: B5069 Gobowen Rd
22 to 27 August: B5069 St Martins To Shellbrook
30 August to 1 September: Selattyn to Ivy House

Using the Multihog the council can reduce the likelihood of potholes forming in the short-to-medium term and cut down on the need for road closures.

Councillor Dean Carroll on a visit to watch the Multihog in action

Councillor Dean Carroll on a visit to watch the Multihog in action

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said:

“The Multihogs are a hugely important part of our work to tackle potholes and improve the county’s roads.

“It’s a really important part of our strategy to deliver meaningful repairs to roads across Shropshire, and make them safer for all road users.”

Since April 2021, more than 34,000 potholes have been repaired across the Shropshire Council area.

As well as the Multihogs, other methods used to tackle potholes include the two Roadmasters that treat potholes on rural roads, ‘find and fix’ repairs, and more traditional repairs by gangs.

Meanwhile, the council’s annual resurfacing and surface dressing programmes help to improve the county’s roads and prevent potholes forming in the first place.

For a list of roads set to be resurfaced in August, click here.

To see a list of other planned highways maintenance work due to be carried out in August, click here.

Further information

Since the Multihog was officially adopted in late March 2021, the volume of the road network repaired has risen to around 150m² per gang each day, with three teams deployed across the county. This means an average of 9,000m² of road can be treated each month.

Want to know more?

Here’s a short video showing a Multihog in action.