Accidents, fatalities: A725 between Whirlies Roundabout and High Blantyre: EIR release

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

Information requested

In relation to road safety on the A725 between the Whirlies Roundabout and High Blantyre how many reported accidents have there been on this stretch of road in the past five years and how many fatalities have there been on this stretch of road in the same period?’



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.

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 the EIRs; namely damage only accidents which do not involve personal injury.  This means that, under the terms of regulation 2(2) of the EIRs,  we are unable to disclose it in response to your request.   

The number of reported personal injury accidents on the A725 between Whirlies Roundabout and High Blantyre, including any fatalities is held within the table below. For clarity, the extent of the A725 included in this analysis is between a point approximately 250 metres north of the B7012 at Blantyre to approximately 150 metres south of the centre of Whirlies Roundabout. 

Personal Injury Accident Statistics - A725

(from approx 250 metres north of the B7012 at Blantyre to approx 150 metres south of Whirlies Roundabout)          

Year Fatal Serious Slight
2014 0 1 6
2015 0 1 8
2016 0 1 2
2017 0 1 5
2018 0 0 8
2019 up to 30/03   0 0 3
TOTAL 0 4 32


Source: Transport Scotland Accident Manager Database


Statistics for the Strathclyde Division of Police Scotland

Date Period: 01/01/2014 - 30/03/2019

Date Extracted - 22 July 2019

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.                                       

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