Maintaining Scotland's Roads: A Follow-up Report

This audit follows up previous audit reports in 2011 and 2013. It reviews changes in road condition and spending on roads maintenance since the 2011 report; progress made against previous audit recommendations; and progress in implementing the actions set out in the National Review of Road Maintenance (NRMR), in particular Option 30. During the audit the authors: (1) analysed performance data, in particular road condition and spending on roads maintenance; (2) reviewed other key information and documents such as: Transport Scotland strategic documents, Roads Collaboration Programme updates and reports, Scottish Roads Research Board documentation, and User survey results, such as those generated from the Scottish Household Survey and the National Highways & Transport Network Survey; (3) conducted fieldwork at a sample of 11 roads authorities, where the authors reviewed strategic documents such as Roads Investment Strategies, Roads Asset Management Plans and Annual Status and Options Reports; and interviewed senior officers and elected members at a sample of ten councils, and senior officers at Transport Scotland. The report has two parts: Part 1 outlines the condition and cost of maintaining Scotland’s roads and Part 2 reviews progress made in improving the management of roads maintenance. Independent survey results indicate the overall condition of council-maintained roads has remained stable, at around 63 per cent in acceptable condition over the period 2011/12 to 2014/15. Road condition varies among individual councils from 44 per cent to 79 per cent in acceptable condition. While 13 authorities increased their spending, overall council expenditure continues to decrease, from £302 million in 2011/12 to £259 million in 2014/15 (14 per cent). Overall, councils spent £33 million (13 per cent) less on planned and routine maintenance in 2014/15 than the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation Scotland (SCOTS) considers was necessary to maintain the current condition of local roads.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References;
  • Pagination: 45p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01612463
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9781911494027
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AGS/2016/6
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2016 4:23PM