Posted: Tue 12th Apr 2016

PATCH Road Repair Team Returns This Week For 2016

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016

An intensive road repair team is returning to Swansea’s roads this week. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Swansea Council PATCH project (Priority Action for Community Highways) spends a week in all 32 Swansea electoral wards between April and December every year to fill in potholes and attend to other road defects. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

St Thomas and Bonymaen are the first two communities being visited this year. The PATCH project will then move onto the Castle ward that includes the city centre towards the end of April. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The PATCH project is in addition to other Swansea Council road maintenance teams who are out and about every day to help keep the city moving. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Their combined impact meant more than 6,000 potholes and other road defects were attended to last year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Stuart Davies, Swansea Council’s Head of Transportation and Highways, said: “It’s been a long and very wet winter, which has inevitably had an effect on the condition of roads in Swansea, like all other parts of the country. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Our road inspectors and road maintenance teams have been braving the elements every day to monitor our roads, log damage and schedule repairs according to their priority, but the return of the PATCH project means extra resources are now available, focussing on intensive weekly repairs in each Swansea community until the end of the year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We’re facing a major budget deficit as a council, but we’re continuing to heavily invest in our highway network despite the financial challenges we’re confronted with because we know how much of a priority our roads are for residents and visitors to the city.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The PATCH project will be moving on to communities including Clydach, Llansamlet, Townhill, Cwmbwrla and Uplands in May. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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