Breakdown of traffic on A8 Greenock: EIR release

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

Information requested

Traffic data information for the East Hamilton Street, A8 Greenock. This information is required for looking into Air Quality in the local area.

On 18 February you further clarified that you required the following information:

1. The total count of traffic on the Greenock A8 road from the period Jan- Dec 2019 and the total count of traffic for the period of Jan-Dec 2020.

2. The weekly traffic count for the 25th March – 1st April 2019 and 25th March -1st April 2020.

3. The type of traffic on this road for the year of 2020.

4. The type of traffic on the road for December 2020. I would be interested to see if you had any data available for specific traffic type for period 24th- 29th December 2020.

I’m particularly focused on East Hamilton Street as that is where our air quality monitoring machine is located. The stretch of road between Rue End Street and Greenock Road.


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.

See attached Annex A for a copy of the data required. 

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