FOUR pothole zapping machines have been drafted into Staffordshire to help tackle repairs on the county’s roads As part of £2.1 million extra investment. Crews for Staffordshire County Council already tackle more than 400 potholes every week and the Roadmasters are now helping to fix additional potholes and resurface hotspots on stretches of road in one go. Staffordshire was awarded £2.1 million by the Government, which needs to be invested in the county’s highways by August. Mark Deaville, cabinet support member for transport and connected county with Staffordshire County Council, said: “This extra investment is of course welcome and is currently helping us draft in more machines to roll out further improvements to our roads. “As a county council, we have already seen the condition of our roads improve following an extra £50 million funding and the challenge now is to focus more on the long-term improvement of roads to help ensure potholes occur less frequently.” The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin announced the extra £140 million back in February - with just under £40 million earmarked for flood-hit areas and the rest being shared by other local authorities.