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Pothole repair scheme hits a landmark 10,000 repairs

A pothole repair scheme, launched in Swansea three years ago, has led to more than 10,000 repairs.


In 2016, Swansea Council made a pledge that all potholes reported to a new hotline would be repaired within 48 hrs.

Latest performance figures show that the Council has repaired 10,864 potholes with the majority being repaired within the promised timescale.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "The scheme has been a great success. When we launched it in 2016, we were keen not only to improve our roads but also to give residents confidence that when they contacted the council to report a pothole, it would be repaired.

"To achieve the level of repairs we have, it was vital that we use dedicated teams who could respond quickly to each report.

"For the last three years we have kept to our word and made sure reports of potholes have been dealt within the 48hr period."

The success of the scheme also led to the Council picking up a national award for excellence at the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards.

This year, Swansea Council has planned to invest more than £7.5 million into highway maintenance, including a £1.7 million grant from the Welsh Government.

Along with the pothole repair programme, major road resurfacing schemes have been completed - this includes Fabian Way and more recently, Ynysforgan roundabout.

The PATCH scheme is also ongoing and dedicated teams are in Killay this week taking care of road defects picked up during highway inspections.

Cllr Thomas added: "This year we have been able to invest more money into highway repairs than we have in previous years - and it has been needed.

"Major schemes such as Fabian Way have required a significant amount of investment. This work was not originally planned for this year but wet and cold weather conditions over the winter period led to widespread defects along the route which we couldn't ignore.

"Overall, we are working hard to maintain roads right across the city."

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