Date lodged: 20 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how Transport Scotland redirects traffic on the (a) A8 and (b) M8 following incidents that lead to lanes being blocked.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 15 August 2016
Police Scotland may occasionally have to react to particular circumstances and use a non-standard diversion route.
Our diversion routes and responses to incidents are subject to regular review by our Operating Companies and while road closures are in place, Traffic Scotland use variable message signs to process and distribute real time information, helping road users to plan their journeys.
When a situation arises that requires closure of part of the trunk road and motorway network, the relevant operating company implements the agreed standard incident diversion routes. These contingency routes are part of a clear strategy for all trunk roads and motorways, devised in conjunction with Police Scotland and adjacent local authorities, as safe and suitable for all traffic that would normally use the trunk road.