- 28 Jun 2018
FOI reference: FOI/18/01527
Date received: 31 May 2018
Date responded: 27 June 2018
Statistics on accident levels within Milton, Dumbarton.
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Please refer to Annex A which is the accident statistics for the A82 Dumbarton Road.
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.
Road safety is of paramount importance to the Scottish Government. Transport Scotland assesses the safety performance of the trunk road network on an annual basis by screening all locations where three or more personal injury accidents have occurred in a three year period. Alongside accident clusters, we also look at accident patterns and rates in the form of Route Accident Reduction Plans (RARP). This ensures that full consideration is given to accidents that may be spread along a corridor. Further investigations are carried out and where appropriate, mitigation measures are prioritised and delivered. This robust, evidence based approach ensures that the funding available can be prioritised to those locations that offer the possibility of delivering the greatest casualty accident savings. It is essential that we use this evidence to enable us to prioritise resources across the country to support effectively the delivery of the Scottish Government's 2020 casualty reduction targets.
From this assessment we have identified works at the A82 Lomondgate roundabout which are on-going to reduce the level accidents at the roundabout and on its approaches. This includes upgrading the signals and upgrading the signs and road markings. There is also a further road safety study underway on the A82 between the Erskine Bridge Slip Roads and Lomondgate. It is anticipated that Transport Scotland will receive a draft of this from our Operating Company in the coming months. Next steps will be dependent on the outcome of the study.
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Central Enquiry Unit
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The Scottish Government
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