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Highway repair teams make their way across Swansea

Highway repair teams are making their way across the whole of Swansea tackling the worst potholes on the city's roads.

Patch Team

The nine-month long Swansea Council road repair scheme called PATCH (Priority Action Team for Community Highways) has been operating since the beginning of April and has now made its way to the Uplands.

The maintenance crews have already completed repairs in Bonymaen, Clydach, Castle and Llansamlet, laying new sections of tarmac on roads which have suffered from an unprecedented cold and wet winter.

The Council announced it was investing more than £7.5 million into highway improvements in 2018/19, including a £1.8 million grant from the Welsh Government.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment & Infrastructure, said: "The PATCH programme is one of a number of highway maintenance schemes planned for this year.

"It's been very successful in terms of enabling us to visit every ward in Swansea and ensure the worst sections of road in each community are fixed.

"We have allocated more money than we did last year to help maintain our roads and this has been possible with the additional money from the Welsh Government."

The Council is also continuing its 48hr pothole pledge in which the public can report smaller potholes with the intention of them being repaired within the 48hr timeframe. Latest figures show that a record 792 potholes were fixed in April this year. So far in May, 352 potholes have been repaired.

Major works have also recently been completed along the Swansea section of Fabian Way where £500,000 has been invested in the project.

Further full resurfacing work has also been announced for later in the year at the Ynysforgan roundabout at junction 45 of the M4.

Cllr Thomas added: "We have had an extremely busy year so far in terms of highways improvements. The winter we have had has left many of our roads with defects which we are continuing to repair."

To find out more about the PATCH scheme and check where the teams will be between now and December, visit www.swansea.gov.uk/patch

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