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Service road under Forth Road Bridge: EIR release

Published: 29 Sep 2017

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

FOI reference: FOI/17/02013
Date received: 31 August 2017
Date responded: 28 September 2017

Information requested

Information relating to the service road under the Forth Road Bridge, to the east at South Queensferry.

In particular, we require the following information:-

  1. Information including sight of any written or electronic communication detailing maintenance and inspection records for the service road.

  2. Information including sight of any written or electronic communication detailing maintenance and inspection records for the pavement/walkway adjacent to the service road.

  3. Information including sight of any written or electronic communication detailing any incidents reported.

  4. Information including sight of any written or electronic communication detailing any complaints made.

  5. Confirmation of the system of inspection adhered to.

  6. We would also request any photographs held relating to the above requested information.

We request the above information from June 2015 to date.

Response

As the information you have requested is 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.

This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

I have numbered your request and response for ease of reference.

1 / 2. Please refer to Annex A of this request which contains details of maintenance and inspection records for the service road and for the pavement adjacent to the service road.

3. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance Transport Scotland does not have the information you have requested. Therefore we are refusing your request under the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs. The reason why that exception applies is that there have been no reported incidents at the location requested.

4. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance Transport Scotland does not have the information you have requested. Therefore we are refusing your request under the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs. The reason why that exception applies is that there are no registered complaints at the location requested.

5. I can confirm that the system of inspection has been adhered to.

6. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. Therefore we are refusing your request under the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs. The reason why that exception applies is that Transport Scotland do not hold any photographs at the location requested.

About FOI

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Contact

Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Published:
29 Sep 2017
Service road under Forth Road Bridge: EIR release