Date lodged: 13 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what funding it will provide to West Lothian Council to repair any damages to minor roads arising from the closure of the A71.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 March 2017
The Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 places the statutory responsibility for local roads improvement, maintenance and repair with local roads authorities. It is the responsibility of each local authority to allocate the total financial resources available to it on the basis of local needs and priorities having first fulfilled its statutory obligations and the jointly agreed set of national and local priorities, including the Scottish Government's key strategic objectives.
With regards to the closure of A71, although under no statutory obligation to do so, Networ Rail carried out de-vegetation works on the diversionary routes and plan to carry out road safety improvement works at a total cost of £48,500. West Lothian Council officials have requested that these improvements are delayed until after the road closure is removed.
Network Rail and West Lothian Council will also re-survey the diversionary routes covered by the pre-commencement survey and any required reinstatement will be jointly agreed between the Council and Network Rail.