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Potholes reported and average repair time: EIR release

Published: 3 Aug 2018

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

Published:
3 Aug 2018
Potholes reported and average repair time: EIR release

FOI reference: FOI/18/01701
Date received: 19 June 2018
Date responded: 1 August 2018

Information requested

1. How many reports of potholes or road surface defects were made to Transport Scotland by members of the public in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017? (Please specify if the data is for potholes only or all road surface defects)

2. How many reports of potholes or road surface defects were made to Transport Scotland by members of the public BY MONTH in the years 01 April 2016-31 March 2017; 1 April 2017-31 March 2018? (Please specify if the data is for potholes only or all road surface defects)

3. What was the average time (calendar days) to repair reported potholes in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017?"

We clarified with you on 26 June that we would be unable to provide data on whether a defect was a pothole or a surface defect and whether those defects were reported by a member of the public or discovered on routine inspections due to the request being manifestly unreasonable. You responded on 26 June that a report on defects discovered per month would be suitable.

Response

Our response is numbered for ease of reference.

1.

Year Number of Reports of Defects
2014 346
2015 73
2016 446
2017 369
Grand Total 1234

2.

Year Month Number of Road Defects
2016 Apr 101
2016 May 59
2016 Jun 30
2016 Jul 29
2016 Aug 29
2016 Sep 30
2016 Oct 25
2016 Nov 26
2016 Dec 62
2017 Jan 66
2017 Feb 123
2017 Mar 126
2016/2017 Total 706
2017 Apr 66
2017 May 40
2017 Jun 35
2017 Jul 30
2017 Aug 62
2017 Sep 51
2017 Oct 61
2017 Nov 68
2017 Dec 95
2018 Jan 569
2018 Feb 506
2018 Mar 379
2017/2018 Total 1961

3.

Year Average Calendar Days to Complete from Reported Date
2014 8
2015 7
2016 5
2017 5
Total Average 6

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance Transport Scotland does not have some 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 we do not hold information concerning average calendar days to complete from reported date for the AWPR project and the M8 / M73 / M74 Motorway Improvements project.

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