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Accidents or collisions on A82: EIR release

Published: 4 Dec 2017

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/02590
Date received: 30 October 2017
Date responded: 27 November 2017

Information requested

For all requests, please break the road into appropriate sections e.g. A82 Dumbarton-Loch Lomond - Tyndrum - Fort William - Inverness and A9 Dunblane - Perth- Aviemore - Inverness - Latheron - Thurso. Please note I am happy to use whatever sections you deem most appropriate, this is just a rough idea.

  • How many accidents/collisions happened on the A82 every year over the last five years, including 2017 so far? Please provide a break down in sections as mentioned above for this and all subsequent questions. Please outline as much info as possible about each incident eg how many people involved, how many were fatal/seriously injured, types of vehicles involved etc.

  • How many accidents/collisions happened on the A9 every year over the last five years, including 2017 so far? Please provide a break down in sections as mentioned above for this and all subsequent questions. Please outline as much info as possible about each incident eg how many people involved, how many were fatal/seriously injured, types of vehicles involved etc.

  • How many accidents/collisions have occurred on and within five miles ( both north and southbound) of the Kincraig to Dalraddy stretch of the A9, which has recently been dualled, since it re-opened as a dual carriageway? Please give as much information as possible in relation to these incidents eg number of fatalaties/injuries/types of vehicles involved etc.

  • How many accidents/collisions occurred on and within five miles (both north and southbound) of the Kincraig to Dalraddy stretch of the A9 in the year before construction began to dual this stretch? Eg August 2014-August 2015. Please give as much information as possible in relation to these incidents eg number of fatalaties/injuries/types of vehicles involved etc.

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.

Response

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 our response for ease of reference with the numbers below corresponding to the bullet points in your original request.

1. In response to the first part of your request, please refer to Annex A. In addition to the accident statistics in Annex A we also hold more up to date information on fatal accidents and these are contained within Annex B.

2. Please refer to Annex C. In addition to the accident statistics in Annex C we also hold more up to date information on fatal accidents and these are contained within Annex B.

3. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance Transport Scotland does not have part of 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 does not hold serious and slight personal injury collision data for the A9 since the Kincraig to Dalraddy section opened as a dual carriageway on 30 September 2017.

The extents of the A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy scheme have been taken from the A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy Environmental Statement Non Technical Summary - November 2013, pages 22-23, available at the following link;

https://www.transport.gov.scot/media/33943/a9-dualling-kincraig-to-dalraddy-orders-final-environmental-statement-non-technical-summary-01-november-20.pdf

We hold more up to date information on fatal accidents and these are contained within Annex B.

4. Annex D (A9 Accident Data Kincraig to Dalraddy 5 miles north) contains collisions that have occurred approximately five miles north of the A92 Kincraig to Dalraddy scheme in the one year prior to construction which commenced in 27 July.

There were no personal injury collisions between 26 July 2014 and 26 July 2015 within the extents of the A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy Scheme.

Annex E (A9 Accident Data Kincraig to Dalraddy 5 miles south) contains collisions that have occurred approximately five miles south of the A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy scheme one year prior to construction which commenced in 27 July.

The summary tables contained within the Annexes contain information on the total number of personal injury accidents. The severity attributed to each collision relates to the most severe injury sustained in that accident.

All accidents are split in to 3 categories of accident severity. A description of each category is as follows:

A fatal injury is one which causes death less than 30 days after the accident;

A serious injury is one which does not cause death less than 30 days after the accident and which is in one (or more) of the following categories:

  • an injury for which a person is detained in hospital as an in-patient.

  • any of the following injuries (whether or not the person is detained in hospital): fractures, concussion, internal injuries, crushing's, severe cuts and lacerations and severe general shock requiring treatment.

  • any injury causing death 30 or more days after the accident.

A slight injury is any injury which is neither fatal nor serious – for example, a sprain, bruise or cut which is not judged to be severe, or slight shock requiring roadside attention.

Please also note the following potential reasons for an accident not appearing on our system:

  • Transport Scotland only holds accident information which is provided to us by Police Scotland.

  • Transport Scotland does not hold information relating to damage only accidents (i.e. not involving an injury).

  • Transport Scotland only holds accident information for the trunk road network.

  • The accident information Transport Scotland holds is subject to change based on late returns from Police Scotland, who are responsible for recording details of injury accidents.

Annex A - A82 Accident Data between Dumbarton and Inverness

Annex B – Fatal Accident Data that is not on the Transport Scotland Accident Manager System

Annex C – A9 Accident Data between Dunblane and Thurso

Annex D – A9 Accident Data approximately five miles north of the A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy scheme

Annex E - A9 Accident Data approximately five miles south of the A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy scheme

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FOI-17-02590 - A9 - 5 miles South - Annex E.pdf

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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:
4 Dec 2017
Accidents or collisions on A82: EIR release