FOI reference: FOI/18/00609
Date received: 16 February 2018
Date responded: 12 March 2018
What condition would transport Scotland currently class the Trunk Road Network contained within Inverclyde?
What works are planned to address the concerns of Inverclyde residents and how much will be spent on these works?
How much has transport Scotland spent on Inverclyde Trunk Roads in the past 5 years?
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The response to Number 1 is below and the response to Numbers 2 and 3 are in the atttached Annexes.
1. We fully recognise the importance of a safe and reliable trunk road network and the budget for maintenance for the roads we look after has increased by around £65 million to £433m in 2018/2019. The condition of the trunk road network is assessed in a number of different ways. Transport Scotland conduct machine based surveys every year that measure certain characteristics and properties of the road. These various metrics can be combined into a single indicator, which provides a useful benchmark that can be applied across the network. In 2017, data gathered from the Inverclyde area indicates that around 79% of the trunk road network was in "acceptable" condition. The remaining 21% is where future planned maintenance should be considered and this information is used when maintenance programmes are being compiled.
It is worth noting that the surveys only provide a snapshot of condition and also that roads continually deteriorate, especially during periods of winter weather when the freeze-thaw cycle can be particularly damaging (as has been experienced following the recent period of severe winter weather). Surveys are therefore supplemented with regular inspections conducted by our Operating Company. They monitor routes routinely including weekly safety inspections to find defects that require urgent attention to ensure the continued safe function of the road. More detailed inspections are also used periodically throughout the year to assess general condition and to inform maintenance decisions.
In times of financial constraint we are making significant efforts to maximise every penny that is spent on maintenance and our Road Asset Management Plan sets out how we prioritise maintenance and ensure cost-effective use of resources. This plan can be found at the link below;
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Central Enquiry Unit
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The Scottish Government
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