Information on maintenance of hatch lines: EIR release

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

Information requested

In your contract with Transerv, is it the responsibility to refresh hatch lines following routine inspection ?

Does this normally require Transport Scotland to issue an instruction before such work is carried out?

What are the time frames for this action?


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.

As part of the 4th Generation Contract for the Management and Maintenance of the Scottish Trunk Road Network South West Unit, it is the Operating Companies responsibility to refresh road markings when required. Further information is available at;

Schedule 7: Part 1 of the contract provides an overview of inspections, surveys and defect categories and response times.

The Operating Company, Scotland Transerv, are aware of this defect and it has been classified as a Category 2 defect. Category 2 defects do not have defined response times and are prioritised against competing network requirements based on available funding. However, major works are currently planned for the A726 between West Mains Road and Eaglesham Road Roundabouts during 2019. A new pedestrian crossing is being installed with road improvements scheduled for March. All the current lining between the roundabouts, including the hatched area, will be renewed as part of the crossing works.

Category 1 defects are undertaken without instruction from Transport Scotland, however Category 2 defects are subject to a process whereby the Operating Company shall submit a proposal which then requires to be approved by Transport Scoland prior to the works being undertaken

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