Rhinopatch is burning up the road

It has been compared with a toaster, but Rhinopatch is Southampton's latest answer to the fight against potholes.

Potholes are not only unsightly, but they can cause damage to cars and put cyclists at risk.

In a bid to improve the condition of the roads, Southampton City Council is using a state-of-the art infra-red patching machine to shape up the streets.

Working like a toaster, the Rhinopatch zaps the road to melt and reset it instead of the traditional methods of cutting out a pothole and refilling it.

The new technique means that roads can be repaired faster and last an average of four years.

So far, 25 miles of road has been eaten up and re-set across the city.

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