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Transport Scotland traffic sign statistics: EIR release

Published: 5 May 2021

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

Published:
5 May 2021
Transport Scotland traffic sign statistics: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/202100155740
Date received: 12 Feb 2021
Date responded: 25 Mar 2021
Information requested

"1. How many traffic signs are there on highways maintained or managed by Transport Scotland? (broken down by warning signs, signs giving order, direction signs and information signs)

2. The number of traffic warning signs on highways maintained or managed by Transport Scotland broken down by the individual sign type?

3. How many traffic warning signs were installed, removed and replaced in 2018, 2019 and 2020?

4. What was the annual cost to replace or repair these signs in 2018, 2019 and 2020?

5. The number of traffic signs giving orders on highways maintained or managed by Transport Scotland broken down by the individual sign type?

6. How many traffic signs giving orders were installed, removed and replaced in 2018, 2019 and 2020?

7. What was the annual cost to replace or repair these signs in 2018, 2019 and 2020?"

Response

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.

The Scottish Trunk Road network is divided into 9 units which are managed and maintained on our behalf by Operating Companies – North East Unit, North West Unit, South East Unit, South West Unit, M8DBFO, M80 DBFO, M77 DBFO, M74 DBFO and AWPR.

Annex A to this response is the information held for the trunk roads in the North East Unit.
Annex B to this response is the information held for the trunk roads in the North West Unit.
Annex C to this response is the information held for the trunk roads in the South East Unit.
Annex D to this response is the information held for the trunk roads in the South West Unit.
Annex E to this response is the information held for the trunk roads in the M8DBFO.
Annex F to this response is the information held for the trunk roads in the M80 DBFO.
Annex G to this response is the information held for the trunk roads in the M77 DBFO.
Annex H to this response is the information held for the trunk roads in the M74 DBFO.
Annex I to this response is the information held for the roads in the AWPR area.

Please note that the data contained in the annexes should be treated with a degree of caution as they may contain errors. Also, the diagram numbers provided will be a combination of the 2002 and 2016 Traffic Signs Regulations.

Lastly, excemptions apply to some of the information requested and these have been detailed in the individual annexes.

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