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S5W-04553: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 7 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what resilience planning it has carried out to ensure safety on the roads in Aberdeenshire over the winter.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 16 November 2016

Transport Scotland is responsible for preventing snow and ice endangering the safe passage of pedestrians and vehicles on trunk roads in Aberdeenshire. Significant planning is undertaken in advance of winter to ensure that the trunk road operating companies are prepared and to share lessons learned from previous years. BEAR Scotland, the Operating Company for the Aberdeenshire area, has an annual Winter Service Plan, which is available online at:

http://www.transport.gov.scot/system/files/documents/tsc-basic-pages/Road/North-East-Unit-Winter-Service-Plan-2016-17.pdf

The delivery and resilience of current winter communication procedures across the north of Scotland were tested during a one-day event on Thursday 20 October 2016, the principle being to share best practice. This involved representatives from our Operating Company (BEAR Scotland) that covers the north-units, Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland, Police Scotland, Aberdeen Roads Limited (Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO), Contract Provider, for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route), Aberdeen City Council and Transport Scotland’s Performance Audit Group (PAG). Aberdeenshire Council did not take up the invitation to attend.

Winter service on local roads in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is a matter for the local authorities.