Ms King is only the second person appointed to the role of Commissioner.

Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands said:

“I wish to express my gratitude to Elspeth King for her personal commitment and hard work in the challenging role of Scottish Road Works Commissioner.

“In particular, I am grateful for her efforts to promote the planning, coordination and quality of road works in Scotland.

“I am sure I am not alone in wishing Elspeth well for the future.”

Ms King said:

“I have decided to step down as Commissioner after a busy but rewarding time in post.

“During my tenure I have worked very closely with the road works community to drive up standards and I am pleased that many improvements have been made, particularly in terms of the quality of workmanship.

“Scotland can be justifiably proud of its position as a world leader in the planning and coordination of road works and it has been a privilege to serve as Scottish Road Works Commissioner.”

Notes to editors

Notes to editors:

The Scottish Road Works Commissioner is an independent public official established under section 16 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 and is accountable to the Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament.

The Commissioner's role is to improve the planning, co-ordination and quality of road works throughout Scotland.

In so doing, the Commissioner monitors performance and promotes good practice among utility companies and roads authorities; and has powers to impose fines where such bodies fail to co-ordinate and collaborate as required.

Published 29 May 2015