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Replacement cost of the entire road system in Scotland: FOI release

Published: 26 Mar 2019

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

26 Mar 2019
Replacement cost of the entire road system in Scotland: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/00768
Date received: 18 Mar 2019
Date responded: 21 Mar 2019
Information requested


Would you please give me the replacement cost at current prices, including the cost of land purchase, of the entire road system in Scotland?




The Road system in Scotland can be considered as comprising 32 individual areas which are looked after by the 32 Local Authorities and The Trunk Road Network. 

The information that you requested for the Roads network that is the responsibility of Local Authorities is not held centrally by Transport Scotland or the Scottish Government.  To obtain the information, you will need to approach each local authority for this information.

The latest audited value of the Trunk Road Network, in Gross Replacement Terms can be found in the Transport Scotland Annual Accounts for 2017-18.  This can be found at the following URL:

The Gross Replacement Value of the Network on the 31-03-2018 was £23.485bn.


Our aim is to provide information whenever possible.  However, in this instance, some of the information you have requested is not held by the Scottish Government for the purposes of FOISA because we received it in confidence from the UK Government.  This means that, under the terms of section 3(2)(a)(ii) of FOISA,  we are unable to disclose it in response to your request. 


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