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£200k Townhill Road resurfacing scheme ‘could start as early as this weekend’ – with more road repairs planned across the city

Weather-permitting a £200k resurfacing scheme on Townhill Road in Mayhill, Swansea could start this weekend, Swansea Council have announced.

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The work comes as dozens took to social media to complain about the potholed road, damaged as a result of the recent wet and icy weather.

The Mayhill road is not the only road repairs taking place however, with the council also committing to resurfacing the main road through Birchgrove. A 600m section of Birchgrove Road between the junctions of Heol Las and Heol Dulais will also get a new road surface.

Andrew Stevens, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure said: “Last month Cabinet agreed to spend an extra £1m this year as part of our plans to invest £5m extra in the city’s network over the next three years.

“Carmarthen Road is one of our busiest arterial roads and, despite the wintry and wet weather we’ve had recently, resurfacing there should be complete within the next week or so.

“We’re also getting in touch with residents in Townhill Road, Mayhill, this week to let them know resurfacing work there is expected to start, weather permitting, on January 29.

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“Townhill Road residents have been asking for the work to be done for a while and although some disruption is inevitable, our contractors will be doing all they can to keep it to a minimum.”

The upgrades are on top of the council’s pothole pledge which saw extra staff drafted in so that more than 750 potholes caused by severe wintry and wet weather were filled in during the first two weeks of January. 

The overall investment will mean that in 2022/23 an extra £1million will be spent on highway maintenance, including repairs to pavements and also tackling drainage and flooding issues in parts of the city.

The council has committed £2 million to future approved highway maintenance budgets in 2023/24 and 2024/25.

Cllr Stevens said: “We’ve already committed to investing nearly £3.5 million into roads and pavements in Swansea this year.

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“The extra money we want to invest will help us improve our roads and tackle flooding issues we have witnessed this year when severe weather has occurred.”

“Motorists and residents want to see us invest in our highway network so they can go about their lives and not be affected by issues such as flooding to properties or damage to vehicles.

“We’ve already got an excellent highway maintenance programme in place which means our teams are out every week repairing roads and responding to calls from the public.

“I’m confident this extra funding will enable us to carry out even more repairs and maintenance during the next three years.”

The additional funding will be provided via the Council’s Economic Recovery fund (ERF) and from its Insurance Reserves.

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The Council recently reported improvements to major routes in the city with almost three kilometres of new road surfaces along Pentregethin Road in Cwmbwrla, Castle Street in Loughor, Pentre Road in Pontarddulais and Coalbrook Road, Grovesend.

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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