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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-14267: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 31 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what first-hand inspection the Minister for Transport and the Islands has made of the length of the A75 in order to help assess the condition of the trunk road network.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 21 February 2018

I have not personally carried out a first-hand Inspection of the A75.

Transport Scotland’s Operating Companies have a contractual obligation to inspect the trunk road network at 7-day intervals. These inspections are primarily to identify defects that require prompt attention (Category 1 defects) because they present, or could present, an immediate hazard to road users. For road surface Category 1 defects, the Operating Companies are required to carry out temporary repairs by 6am the following morning and permanent repairs within 28 days.

Lesser defects and general deterioration which do not necessitate such an immediate safety-led response are then considered with findings from annual condition assessments of the network to help determine future maintenance schemes. These include assessments of the strength of the road depth and also road surface conditions (including skid resistance). Resultant schemes may include localised patching repairs or larger maintenance schemes, which are then considered against competing priorities across the trunk road network and programmed accordingly.