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Road repair teams to tackle more of Swansea's potholes

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

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EXPERT road repair teams will tackle pothole problems in two of Swansea's busiest residential communities over the next fortnight.

Swansea Council's Patch team (Priority Action for Community Highways) will visit Cwmbwrla and Townhill to fill in potholes and fix other road problems before the end of May.

The 36-week, £750,000 Patch project for 2014 will see road repair teams spending an intensive period of up to a week in all parts of the city and county.

They've already been to the St Thomas, Bonymaen, Castle, Llansamlet and Clydach wards to tackle the issue.

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Next month the team will move on to Uplands, Landore, Gower and Mynyddbach.

Swansea Council also has three other road repair teams out and about every day in addition to the Patch team — one in the west of the city, one in the centre and one in the north and east.

Regular inspections of roads and pedestrianised areas are undertaken by safety teams to identify road defects and a team is on hand on a 24/7 basis to respond to emergencies.

June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place, said: "We do all we can to fill in potholes and fix other road problems every day right across Swansea.

"The wet and windy weather over winter caused a lot of problems, but we've started to make inroads into the work that needs doing and we're continuing to address damage on a priority basis.

"The benefit of the Patch scheme is that it allows workers to spend an intensive period of up to a week in every Swansea community," she added.

"Their work complements our inspectors and other road repair teams who are either on the lookout for road defects or fixing them on a daily basis.

"The condition of our roads is of paramount importance.

''This is why, despite challenging financial times, we're continuing to heavily invest in our highway network."

The annual Patch scheme led to more than 12,000 square metres of road surface being repaired last year. The communities which are due to benefit in July will include Penllergaer, Llangyfelach, Mawr and Cockett.

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