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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-09070: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of how much it has spent on removing litter from (a) the A9, (b) the trunk road network, (c) the motorway network and (d) other roads that it has responsibility for in each year since 2013-14.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 10 May 2017

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, local authorities in Scotland have a statutory duty to clear litter from all verges and roads, including trunk roads such as the A9. Transport Scotland, through its operating companies, is responsible for clearing litter from motorways and special roads.

The A74(M)/ M74 DBFO (Autolink), M77 DBFO (Connect) and M80 DBFO (HMG) undertake litter picking as part of routine and cyclic maintenance. Each of the DBFO Companies is responsible for undertaking litter picking as part of the agreement to maintain and operate the road under a 30 year concession and these costs are commercially confidential.

The table below shows the amount spent by our 5 operating companies (excluding DBFOs named above), per year since 2013-14, on removing litter from motorways and special roads :

2013-2014

£315,361.83

2014-2015

£321,846.03

2015-2016

£328,826.14

2016-2017

£335,210.47