A702/A703 Junction and Old Pentland Road vehicle accidents: EIR release

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

Information requested

You asked for

"some further information regarding the process so far:

  1. Richard Perry mentions personal injuries in the attached letter. Are you able to clarify the number of instances, severity and type of road user affected?
  2. When conducting their review of the junction, did Amey consult with other bodies with specialist knowledge who also represent vulnerable road users, such as Sustrans?
  3. I would be interested in seeing a copy of the report from Amey, if it is available. Can you supply a copy, or direct me where to find it?”

After a clarification request you confirmed that the timescale in reation to question 1 is 5 years.


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.

1. The tables below show accidents for the junction of the A702/A703 and Old Pentland Road, South Edinburgh recorded from 2014-2019 and the type of road user involved in the incidents

Year Fatal Serious   Slight
2014 0 0 0
2015 0 0 3
2016 0 0 1
2017 0 0 2
2018 0 0 1
2019 (up to 30 April)    0 0 1
TOTAL 0 0 8


Vehicles involved in accident   Vehicle 1 Type   Vehicle 2 Type   Year
2 Car Goods Vehicle 2015
2 Car  Car  2015
2 Car  Pedal Cycle  2015
2 Goods Vehicle Car  2016
2 Car  Car  2017
2 Car  Car  2017
2 Car Goods Vehicle 2018
2 Car Car  2019

Source: Transport Scotland Accident Manager Database
Statistics for the Lothian & Borders Division of Police Scotland
Date Period: 01/01/2014 - 30/04/2019                      
Date Extracted - 31 October 2019

Please note that the information is provided on the current figures available.

The following are potential reasons for an accident not appearing on our sytem:

  • 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.

2. Amey has confirmed that no consultation with other bodies was undertaken within the scope of the A702/A703 junction report, however Sustrans were consulted by Amey as part of the Annual Road Safety Review for 2019/2020 to allow any locations potentially requiring investigation to be raised. Amey has confimed that this location was not raised by Sustrans.

3. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide the information you have requested because an exception under 10(4)(d) of the EIRs (unfinished or incomplete information) applies to the information you have requested because it is material which is still in the course of completion.  This is because the report is still in draft. 


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Phone: 0300 244 4000

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