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Swansea roads boosted by PATCH repair scheme

Highways crews in Swansea have laid around three football pitches worth of tarmac onto roads during a city-wide road repair scheme.


Swansea Council is coming to the end of its PATCH road repair programme for 2017/18 - which involves visiting every ward in the city and tackling some of the worst defects in each area.

In total, 300 large patches have been laid since the start of the scheme which commenced in June and will be completed in February.

Two highway maintenance teams have been making their way around the city during this time and have got through more than 1,240 tonnes of tar, laying around 12,000sqm of tarmac, to make the repairs.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Services, said: "We have been running the PATCH scheme for a number of years and it has been very effective in being able to target the worst defects we have right across the city.

"Through our regular highway inspection regime we can identify where we need to concentrate our efforts and look at increasing the life span of these roads by making these longer term repairs.

"This work is in addition to our emergency repairs we carry out and also the 48hr pothole repair scheme."

The Council announced its plans to invest nearly £4.5million in 2017/18. Details of many of the schemes feature as part of the Council's ongoing programme of works for 2015-2020.

The 48hr pothole pledge which started in July 2016 has also resulted in more than 6,000 potholes being repaired. The success of the scheme has led to the Council picking up a national award for excellence at the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards.

Councils in England including the London Borough of Hounslow are now considering rolling out similar schemes after reading about Swansea's work.

Cllr Thomas added: "We made a commitment under the pothole pledge to tackle repairs reported to us and I'm delighted that overall we have stuck to our promise. It's helped give residents confidence that we are doing what they ask us to do.

"The fact that other councils in the UK are getting in touch shows we are doing something innovative that other councils see as good practice and want to follow our lead."

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