Swansea Labour is delighted with figures that reveal nearly 8,000 potholes were repaired within 48 hours of being reported during 2018.
Despite wintry and wet weather around 640 potholes were repaired in the six weeks to December 10 alone and the council is pledging to continue the effort into 2019.
Labour Councillor Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: “Freezing or wet winter weather can cause real problems for our roads, increasing the size of cracks in surfaces and helping develop potholes.
“Despite this we’ll be working hard to fill in potholes as soon as we can after they’re reported online by members of the public. In the wintry weather there is always more to do but we’d urge people to bear with us and carry on reporting them.”
In the current financial year the council’s invested more than £7.5m in highway maintenance, including major resurfacing work on Fabian Way, at the Ynysforgan M4 junction, Peniel Green Road and in West Street, Gorseinon.
Cllr Thomas said: “Our PATCH team has also visited every ward in Swansea taking care of road defects picked up during regular highway inspections.”
Cllr Thomas said that because of the weather and the sheer weight of traffic, keeping roads in the best possible shape was a never-ending task.
But he added: “The pothole pledge we made back in 2016 when we made the 48-hour pledge has been very successful thanks to the fact that we established dedicated teams who could respond quickly to each report.
“For the last two-and-a-half years we have kept to our word and made sure reports of potholes have been dealt within the 48-hour period.
“This year we have been able to invest more money into highway repairs than we have in previous years – and it has been needed.”
“The financial commitment made as part of this year’s budget for highway maintenance is substantial and means we can direct a significant amount of investment towards our highway network. We have to plan carefully so that we target roads most in need of attention – this is because we have a limited budget.”
In the 49 weeks of 2018 to December 10, 7,758 potholes reported by the public were filled-in, almost all within 48 hours.
To find out more about the service or to report a pothole go to www.swansea.gov.uk/potholes