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A82 between Balllachulish and Corran maintenance and repair history: EIR release

Published: 17 Jun 2020

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

Published:
17 Jun 2020
A82 between Balllachulish and Corran maintenance and repair history: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/202000039793
Date received: 13 May 2020
Date responded: 16 Jun 2020
Information requested

'my query relates to the A82 Trunk Road between its junction with the A828 at South Ballachulish and
its junction with the A861 at Corran.
Please can you send me:
1. A copy of the road maintenance policy relating to that road, applicable in May 2018. This should include details of the intended frequency of road safety inspections, how these inspections should be conducted and the maximum time between identification of a defect and repairs being carried out.

2. A copy of the road repair history for that road over the period 24th March 2018 to 24th June 2018.
Please send me the full road repair history, including:
- dates of all safety inspections between 24th March and 24th June 2018
- details of how safety inspections were undertaken (walked or driven, speed of inspection vehicle etc)
- details of all carriageway defects identified, with description, date and time
- details of how the authority handled these defects, what repairs were undertaken and the time between the identification of each defect and a repair being carried out.'

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 kept your numbering for ease of reference
1. A copy of the road maintenance policy relating to that road, applicable in May 2018
The information you have requested is available on the Transport Scotland website
- https://www.transport.gov.scot/media/35899/nw-combi.pdf. Under regulation 6(1)(b) of the EIRs, we do not have to give you information which is already publicly available and easily accessible to you in another form or format. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

2. A copy of the road repair history for that road over the period 24th March 2018 to 24th June 2018.
Please send me the full road repair history, including:
- dates of all safety inspections between 24th March and 24th June 2018
Please see Annex A to this response, inspection reports from 24 March 2018 - 24 June 2018.
- details of how safety inspections were undertaken (walked or driven, speed of inspection vehicle etc)

The information you have requested is available on the FAQ page of the Transport Scotland website -
https://www.transport.gov.scot/media/44436/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-scottish-trunk-road-network-january-2019.pdf. Under regulation 6(1)(b) of the EIRs, we do not have to give you information
which is already publicly available and easily accessible to you in another form or format. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.
- details of all carriageway defects identified, with description, date and time

Please see Annex A to this response.
- details of how the authority handled these defects, what repairs were undertaken and the time between the identification of each defect and a repair being carried out.
Please see Annex A to this response.

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