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Council says over 100 potholes filled in just two days as it tackles Winter highway problems

Highways maintenance teams in Swansea have repaired a record number of potholes in one weekend between Christmas and New Year the council have said.

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More than 100 potholes were filled by Swansea Council’s highways teams during a two-day period, after heavy rain and cold temperatures took their toll on road surfaces around the city.

The council stated that some of the weather recently has provided the perfect conditions for potholes with heavy rain and frost breaking up road surfaces overnight

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Latest statistics show that in November this year, the Council repaired 526 potholes via its 48hr repair service and have completed 5,041 repairs in the previous 12 months.

Andrew Stevens, Cabinet Member for Environment & Infrastructure, said: “Our highways maintenance teams have been doing a fantastic job responding to a high volume of pothole reports which have come in from the public.

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“At this time of year, when the weather is much colder and wetter, we expect to receive more reports and carry out more repairs.

“The last weekend in December in particular, was very busy and we repaired more than 100 potholes in just two days – which is normally an average number for a week.

“We made a pledge to repair potholes within 48hrs of them being reported to our call centre and in general we have kept to that pledge with around 98% of them being repaired within that time frame.”

In the run up to Christmas Day, the Council’s winter maintenance teams were also busy battling freezing temperatures, gritting roads. During Christmas week, the gritting teams travelled a total of 4,000km, ensuring main roads were treated with grit.

Cllr Stevens added; “Many of the staff that repair roads are also responsible for gritting roads as well. This puts a lot of pressure on the teams to do what’s required and ensure our roads are safe for motorists.

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“In the main, they have done an excellent job in keeping roads in good shape. I hope the public will also see the good work they are doing and support their efforts.

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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  1. Gaynor Thomas

    11th January 2023 at 6:41 pm

    Well done, perhaps you could also look at repairing the street lighting in Newton . St Peters Rd all lights out Summerland Lane junction with Newton Rd and 2 lights out just a little further down before Nottage Rd

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