- 8 Feb 2021
Date received: 17 Nov 2020
Date responded: 18 Dec 2020
You requested the following information;
"and the Forth Road Bridge broken down by:
type of vehicle
from November 2019 to the present day"
You further clarified that you required the monthly traffic flows for the Queensferry Crossing and Forth Road Bridge for the above 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.
Please see Annex A attached for a copy of the information requested. Please note that due to ongoing maintenance works the southbound carriageway of the Forth Road Bridge has been closed during the period to which your request for traffic data relates.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House