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Accidents on trunk road junctions: EIR release

Published: 8 Jan 2018
Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
Published:
8 Jan 2018
Accidents on trunk road junctions: EIR release

FOI reference: FOI/17/02948
Date received: 5 December 2017
Date responded: 5 January 2018

Information requested

Please could you tell me how many accidents, both fatal and non-fatal there have been for each year, between and including 2007 and 2017, on the following sections of trunk road:

  1. A95- between Granish Junction (A9) and Keith Junction (A96)
  2. A96- between Inverurie Blackhall Roundabout to Keith (junction with A95)
  3. A96- between Keith (junction with A95) and Elgin town centre
  4. A96- between Elgin town centre and Raigmore Interchange in Inverness
  5. A90- between Bridge of Don and Fraserburgh
  6. A92- between Redhouse Roundabout (Kirkcaldy) and Tay Bridge Roundabout
  7. A84- between Craigforth (Junction 10 of M9) and Lochearnhead
  8. A85- between junction with A9 at Perth and Lochearnhead
  9. A85- between Tyndrum and Oban
  10. A82- between Stoneymollan Roundabout (A811) and Tarbet
  11. A82- between Tarbet and Crianlarich
  12. A82- between Tyndrum and Fort William
  13. A82- between Fort William and Fort Augustus
  14. A82- between Fort Augustus and Inverness
  15. A889- between Dalwhinnie and junction at Laggan (A86)
  16. A86- between Newtonmore and Spean Bridge
  17. A835- between Ullapool and Tore Roundabout (A9)

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.

In response, please see attached Annex A which provides tables for each section of road described in your request.

Please note that the information provided is based on the current figures available. The following are 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. E.g. we receive late returns from Police Scotland, who are responsible for recording details of injury accidents.
  • Annual Scottish accident figures are published by Transport Scotland on a yearly basis and can be found by entering Reported Road Casualties Scotland into your search engine.

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