- 24 May 2018
FOI reference: FOI/18/01245
Date received: 27 April 2018
Date responded: 22 May 2018
Plan of temporary junction between A1 and A1087 on 15th June 2017, the date from which it was to take effect and the time at which it was put in place, any other relevant information such as start and completion dates of works.
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 to your request, please find attached Annex A which is the diversion route for the A1 Bowerhouse Northbound patching scheme. Annex B is the press notice released by our operating company, Amey which contains details of the works. Transport Scotland also advertised these works in the Herald newspaper on 31 March 2017. The link to this order is below and can be seen in entry number 50 in The South East Scotland Trunk Roads (Temporary Prohibitionsof Traffic and Overtaking and Temporary Speed Restrictions)(No. 3) Order 2017.
I can confirm that the works were completed over 2 nights ( 14 - 15 June 2017 between 20:00 and 06:30 each night).
A closure was required due to no hard shoulder on this section of the A1 therefore there was insufficient road width to complete the carriageway surfacing works safely.
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance Transport Scotland does not have the information you have requested. Therefore we are refusing your request under the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs. A temporary junction had not been set up as indicated in your request. This is a permanent crossing over point where northbound traffic use a right hand deceleration lane to a give way, crossing the southbound A1, to the A1087. Therefore this has permanent signing in place to advise traffic as well as 2 no entry signs on the southbound A1. We do not have a schematic showing all the signs that were in place overnight at the junction during these works. The arrangement would be to keep traffic in single lane from the Innerwick junction where it widens to 2 lanes, extending lane 1 then switching traffic to lane 2, then into the deceleration lane, completely closing the northbound carriageway.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House