MORE than 1,300 potholes and other defects have been repaired on Neath Port Talbot's rural roads — in a four- week blitz.
State-of-the-art machines were used by road preservation specialists Velocity, the firm employed by the local authority to tackle the problem.
The works were identified via annual surveys and the repairs have already resulted in positive feedback from residents and road users.
It was the first time Neath Port Talbot Council had worked with Velocity, whose specialist machines repair a pothole in around two minutes.
Ian Carter, network and programme manager for the council's highways and drainage department said: "As with all local authorities, money is tight at present, so we have to look for the best ways to tackle problems in the most cost-effective manner. A number of the rural back lanes were suffering from numerous defects following the winter, including potholes, patching and edge deterioration.
"As we had not worked with Velocity before, we initially trialled the Velocity patching machine and were pleased and impressed by the results, so we brought them back for a programme of work.
"We are very pleased with the work the Velocity team carried out."