PATCH team

Swansea Labour-led council’s highway maintenance crew coming down your way

Road repairs in the city are a priority for the Labour council administration in Swansea.

And the annual travelling road repair programme has set off around the city as the coronavirus lockdown continues to be eased.

Highway maintenance crews will spend around a week in each ward between now and April repairing sections of road that have broken apart under heavy use or poor weather conditions.

The PATCH (Priority Action Team for Community Highways) highway scheme, coordinated by Swansea Council, is targeting all 36 wards around the city.

The improvements are part of the council’s multi-million investment in highway maintenance for 2020/21 after the Council agreed its annual budget in February.

Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Improvement and Infrastructure Management, said: “Normally our PATCH teams get out on the road in April. But that’s not been able to happen due to Coronavirus.

“Instead the team started up again at the beginning of August and will be working flat-out between now and April next year to get things done.”

He said: “This year we’re investing £720,000 the PATCH scheme with a further £750,000 for footway renewals and repairs. It’s all part of our commitment to spend £7.5m on highway programmes in this financial year.”

“As lockdown has eased our highways teams have also been getting on with a number of major road resurfacing schemes and other vital road projects including work on the Loughor bridge, and projects in Penllergaer, Gowerton, Penclawdd, Gorseinon and Townhill.

“Our PATCH road repair programme has been going for a number of years in the city and has been very successful in targeting repairs that are larger than a simple pothole.

“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.

“During the week or so spent in each ward, there may be a need to install temporary traffic lights or close a lane so the repairs can be completed safely but we do all we can to keep disruption to traffic to a minimum.”

Alongside the PATCH scheme, repairs teams are also continuing to respond to reports of potholes by members of the public, pledging to complete those repairs within 48 hours.

The scheme launched in the city in the summer of 2016 and since then more than 20,500 fixes have been completed.

Cllr Thomas added: “We want the public to report potholes to us when they encounter them. The 48-hour pothole repair programme has given the public confidence that when they are reported we will fix them.”

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

 

 

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