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Translation Required: Thousands of potholes filled in within 48 hours of being reported

Translation Required: Almost 4,000 potholes have been repaired in Swansea over the last nine months, new figures have revealed.

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Swansea Council is into its fourth year of a 48-hour pothole repair pledge it made residents in the city when potholes are reported to the Council's Highway Maintenance Team.

When the scheme was launched in 2016, a new online reporting system was developed to make it easy for residents to tell the council about potholes they see on the road.

The Council made a promise to repair as many as possible within 48 hours of being reported and since April the council has got the job done within their deadline 95% of the time.

Between April and the end of last month 3,853 potholes have been repaired, taking the overall total since we launched the pledge to more than 17,300.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: "Potholes are something all roads in the country 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."

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