Thousands of Potholes Filled Within 48 Hours of Being Reported
Almost 4,000 potholes have been repaired in Swansea over the last nine months, new figures have revealed.
In 2016, Swansea Council pledged to undertake pothole repairs within 48 hours of residents reporting issues to the Council's Highway Maintenance Team. A new online reporting system was developed to make it easy for residents to submit reports.
Since April, the council has met their deadline 95% of the time. Between April and the end December 2018, 3,853 potholes have been repaired, taking the overall total since the scheme launched to more than 17,300.
Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said, "Potholes are something all roads suffer from.
"There's a perception that potholes are not fixed when the reality is we repair a huge number of defects every month. Despite all the rain and flooding problems, in the last two months of 2019, we repaired just over 1,000 potholes.
"The pledge we made in 2016 was to promise residents that report potholes to the council would be repaired within 48 hours. 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."
Cllr Thomas said pothole repairs are only part of the work being done by the council's highways team to keep city roads in shape. The neighbourhood PATCH team visited all 36 wards in Swansea last year carrying out small scale road repairs and upgrades.
He said, "In the current financial year we've spent around £3m on highways repairs and improvements in our communities. There will always be more to do but despite the challenge of winter wear and tear on our roads and the rising number of vehicles using them we're working hard to keep Swansea on the move."