Review of the office and functions of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner Complete - 15 September 2016.
The independent review of the office and functions of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner is now complete. A copy of the findings of the review, along with a response to the findings from the Scottish Government can be downloaded using the link below:
Review of the office and functions of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner - 3 November 2015.
Derek MacKay, Minister for Transport and the Islands, recently announced an independent review of the Office and functions of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner, with recommendations to be made to the Scottish Ministers by end March 2016. A copy of the remit can be downloaded using the link below:
Angus Carmichael appointed as Scottish Road Works Commissioner - 10 August 2015
Angus Carmichael has been appointed as Scottish Road Works Commissioner on an interim basis.
Currently Service Manager with Fife Council, Mr Carmichael is a Chartered Civil Engineer with some 40 years of experience. He is an active figure in the road works community in Scotland and is currently co-chair of the Road Authority and Utilities Committee (Scotland).
The appointment was announced today by Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands. At the same time, the Minister also announced an independent review of the Office and functions of the Commissioner’s role.
Resignation of Scottish Road Works Commissioner - 29 May 2015
Elspeth King is to step down from her role. Further details can be found in the press release published on the Scottish Government website, which can be found at the following link:
Coring Penalties Press Release - 23 June 2014
The Scottish Road Works Commissioner has issued penalties totalling £57,500 to six utility companies for failing to comply with legal requirements when placing their cables and pipes in roads. These failings were identified by the latest biennial Scottish National Coring Programme in which road cores are taken to establish whether the correct materials, layer depths and compaction have been used to refill the bituminous layers of excavations.
East Lothian Penalty Press Release - 12 August 2013
The Scottish Road Works Commissioner has today issued a penalty of £8,000 to East Lothian Council in connection with a failure to keep its street gazetteer up to date over a number of years.
SRWC Penalty Press Release - 3 May 2013
The Scottish Road Works Commissioner has issued a penalty of £50,000 to British Telecommunications plc in connection with a number of serious failures by Openreach to comply with the relevant legislation covering road works in Scotland.
National Roads Maintenance Review Published
The National Roads Maintenance Review was initiated in response to the central recommendations of an Audit Scotland Report of 2011 and has been directed by a Steering Group consisting of partners from COSLA, Solace, SCOTS, Transport Scotland and the Office of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner. The remit of the Group was to consider how the road maintenance sector can deliver efficiently managed roads within the budgets available and identify opportunities for innovation, collaborative working and sharing of services. The review covered all types of roads, considered how the Scottish Government could work better with local authorities and what can be learned from international practice.
As part of the review, the Commissioner has been developing proposals for contributions from utility companies to the cost of making good long term damage to roads caused by their works as well as charges where road works take longer than necessary. The Scottish Government will launch a consultation in the autumn to seek views on the proposals.
The report can be found at http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/strategy-and-research/publications-and-consultations/j234327-02.htm