FOI reference: FOI/18/00285
Date received: 31 January 2018
Date responded: 26 February 2018
How many pot holes have been filled between Port Glasgow round about and the Erskine Bridge since 01/01/2018 and 2 - How much did it cost to organise and stick names on your gritters.
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1. In relation to your query regarding potholes, see overleaf the number of potholes filled since 01/01/2018 on the A8 and M8 between Port Glasgow to the Erskine Bridge;
A8 westbound – 9
A8 eastbound – 0
M8 westbound – 1
M8 eastbound – 2
2. The Transport Scotland winter service runs from 1 October to 15 May. Each year we hold a Winter Service Media Launch which is the main publicity event in a programme of communications using all channels in a pro-active manner to raise awareness of the efforts that go into keeping the trunk roads moving during periods of bad weather such as rain, wind and snow.
For the 2015/16 winter season, we held our main publicity event on 12 October 2015 at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow and we also ran a competition to get local children to name one of the two gritters on display. To support this, our trunk road Operating Companies took gritters out to local schools across the country and ran a further 'name the gritter' competition as part of our education campaign. This competition to name the gritters was at no additional cost to Transport Scotland.
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