Transport Scotland acknowledges and respects our country's remarkable landscape and wildlife. We have a duty to build safe and reliable transport networks that are fit for purpose, but we must do this in a way that preserves the natural, built and historic environment of Scotland.
This duty includes:
- ensuring consideration of the local landscape in the development of new schemes
- managing and maintaining landscape areas within transport corridors to reflect local conditions and requirements without compromising safety
- protecting the variety of wildlife and habitats that come into contact with our transport networks
The richly varied landscape of Scotland is an integral part of the lives of those living here and one of the primary attractions for the many thousands of people visiting the country every year.
In the course of the work that we do, we have a duty to respect, protect and, where possible, enhance this natural resource ensuring it remains a valued part of the lives of future generations.
Transport Scotland has developed a policy statement to address the landscape design and management of our transport corridors making sure any operations or interventions undertaken not only meet their functional objectives but also fit with the landscape through which they pass.
This objective is reflected in the policy title: Fitting Landscapes.
The policy vision is to promote more sustainable design, implementation, management and maintenance of the transport estate. We will ensure that the landscapes we create and manage are of high quality, well integrated, bio-diverse, adaptable and deliver a meaningful contribution to national sustainability targets.
To achieve this vision, the policy supports the following key aims:
- ensuring high quality of design and place
- enhancing and protect natural heritage
- using resources wisely
- building in adaptability to change
Application of the policy must be used for the planning, design, implementation and maintenance of all Transport Scotland projects, whether associated with the construction of new infrastructure or the management of the existing resource