Potholes in Swansea

Labour-driven pothole scheme sees 1,200 repairs in past three months

The Labour-led Swansea Council has announced it has repaired more than 1,200 potholes in and around the city since April 2019 taking the number to nearly 15,000 since 2015.

The Labour administration is into its fourth year of a 48-hour pothole repair pledge it made residents in the city through the Council’s Highway Maintenance Team.

When the scheme was launched in 2016, a new online reporting system was developed making it easy for residents to tell the council about potholes they see on the road.

Since April this year, 1,219 potholes have been repaired, taking the overall total for the past four years to 14,600 repairs – and more than 95 per cent repaired within 48 hours.

Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “Potholes are something all roads in the country suffer from.

“There’s a perception that potholes are not fixed when the reality is we repair a huge number of defects every month.

“The pledge we made in 2016 was to promise residents that report potholes to the council would be repaired within 48 hrous. In the main, we have kept to this promise and will continue to do so.

“The important message for residents is to keep reporting potholes to us online so we can repair them quickly.”

As well as the pothole repair scheme, the Council is also operating its annual PATCH road repair scheme which started in April and involves highway maintenance teams visiting every ward in the city to tackle the worst defects picked up by highway inspectors.

The improvements are part of the Council’s £5 million investment in highway maintenance for 2019/20 after the Council agreed its annual budget in February.

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.

Cllr Thomas added: “Everyone in the city should see a benefit where they live because we plan it so our highway maintenance teams visit every ward and target the worst sections of road identified during our regular inspections.”

You can find out more about the PATCH scheme and the 48-hour pothole repair service at www.swansea.gov.uk/highways


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