SHROPSHIRE Council’s two Roadmaster vehicles will be tackling potholes on rural roads in north and south Shropshire next month as part of ongoing efforts to improve the county’s roads.

Two Roadmasters currently operate during the spring and summer months.

Each month they treat roads in specified zones.

In July they will be operating in zones 1 to 5 (north) and zones 11 to 15 (south).

Shropshire children are currently being asked to help name the two Roadmasters.

Each Roadmaster uses compressed air to blow water or dirt out of a pothole that needs repairing and then fill it with hot bitumen and chippings.

The repair is compacted by a roller and sealed with a layer of surface dressing, meaning a better quality of repair.

Each machine is an important part of a highways improvement programme that is being driven by the council after criticism of the condition of many roads in the county that led to the resignation of former highways cabinet member.