Purpose of a road infrastructure on the A96 Inverness Road Nairn: EIR release

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

Information requested

The purpose of this road infrastructure on the A96 Inverness Road Nairn.

  • What information does it collect?
  • How long has it been in situ?
  • Does it function at present?

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 infrastructure in question is a Journey Time and Congestion Monitoring system which provides valuable background information regarding travel times through Nairn.

  • It collects information on the time a vehicle takes to travel through Nairn. The system does not capture personal data such as images of road users.
  • The system was installed in approximately 2015 by BEAR Scotland; however, we do not have a record of the exact installation date.
  • The system is no longer functional and is on a programme to be removed this year.

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202300356479_Annex A - Infrastructure in question


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Central Enquiry Unit
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Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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