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Road maintenance spend through each of the three operating companies: EIR release

Published: 30 May 2019

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

Published:
30 May 2019
Road maintenance spend through each of the three operating companies: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/19/01174
Date received: 2 May 2019
Date responded: 30 May 2019
Information requested

Could you please provide the spending made on road maintenance made through each of the three operating companies working under the 4th Generation Term Contract for Management and Maintenance of the Scottish Trunk Road Network.

  • Bear Scotland – for the NW and NE of Scotland 
  • Scotland Transerv – for the SW Scotland 
  • Amey – for the SE of Scotland and the FBOC. 

Can you also provide this information on an annual basis up to the latest period available for each company please?

Can you also provide the same information for the spending through the three Design Build Finance and Operate (DBFO) Contracts under which the companies maintain the M80, M77 and M74.

Can you also provide this information on an annual basis up to the latest period available please? 


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.

Response

The following table provides you with the spending made on road maintenance made through each of the three operating companies working under the 4th Generation Term Contract for Management and Maintenance of the Scottish Trunk Road Network and also our DBFO contracts.

Operating Company / DBFO

Area

2013/2014

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

Bear Scotland

NW

44,088,487

47,421,959

42,178,448

52,836,162

54,440,461

29,652,434

 

NE

31,741,872

27,502,442

24,634,141

28,755,176

29,435,003

13,248,294

Scotland Transerv

SW

38,144,237

39,732,669

37,519,307

47,960,432

55,905,269

26,300,448

Amey

SE

27,688,028

24,611,644

24,008,268

32,913,768

33,807,179

15,798,755

 

FBOC

 

445,707

17,236,529

16,840,541

29,470,226

11,522,359

Autolink

M74

£19,558,000

£13,830,000

£14,064,000

£12,442,000

£12,974,000

£7,900,000

Connect

M77

 

£4,085,000

£3,710,000

£2,734,000

£2,825,000

£3,202,000

HMG

M80

£2,705,000

£2,213,000

£2,566,000

£2,329,000

£2,403,000

£2,528,000

 

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 – information not held. Due to the nature of the Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) contract, the spend made on road maintenance cannot be disaggregated from the monthly payment which is based on availability of the roads connected with the project.  For further information on the payment mechanism for the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project you can view the contract documents at the following link: https://www.transport.gov.scot/media/8153/m8m73m74-motorway-improvements-contract-schedule-6-web-version.pdf  

 This exception 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 exception.  We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exception.  While we recognise that there may be some public interest in information about the spending value on road maintenance, clearly we cannot provide information which we do not hold.

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