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Legislation & Guidance

The key pieces of legislation for road works in Scotland are:

  • The Roads (Scotland) Act 1984
  • The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 - Part IV - Road Works in Scotland
  • The Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 - Part 2 - Road Works

In particular, the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA), sets out the broad powers and responsibilities which utility companies and roads authorities have in relation to road works.

Whilst the broad legislative framework is set out in NRSWA itself, the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 prescribes the detail to be set out in a series of regulations and guidance documents.