Transport and Works (Scotland)

Transport and Works (Scotland), or TAWS, is an order-making process which avoids the need for private Bills for transport-related developments.

TAWS and the Scottish Government

Applications for TAWS orders are made to the Scottish Ministers by (or on behalf of) the applicants of the scheme.

Proposals are welcomed that can demonstrate a positive benefit to the economy of Scotland and bring about improvements to the country's infrastructure.

Transport is one of Scotland's most vital public services, influencing our economy, our communities, our environment, our health and our quality of life and Ministers attach significant importance to inviting new projects to come forward that will enhance the benefits of living and working in Scotland.

Public participation measures contained within the TAWS are valued greatly. These measures invite those who have an interest in proposals to offer their views, either of support or objection, at the earliest possible opportunity.

These might come from people whose property or business is affected, or who may be concerned about the effect on the local environment. The purpose of the procedure is to ensure that Scottish Ministers come to an informed view on whether it is in the public interest to make the TAWS order.

The Scottish Ministers consider each application carefully and without bias. They make decisions only after considering all the comments made, sometimes through a public local inquiry.

They can make TAWS orders (with or without amendments), or they can reject them.


Legislation with regards to the process and making of TAWS orders:

Annual reports

TAWS legislation requires the Scottish Ministers to lay before the Parliament a Report informing it of the Orders made to cover the 12 month period up to 31st July each year.

Please see the links below for all current reports since the TAWS legislation came into force

Related links

Here is a list of external links to further information/organisations you may find useful.

Transport Scotland and its staff are not responsible for content external to this website.


Other useful links

Glasgow Queen Street Station Transport and Works Order 2017

The Strathspey Railway Extension from Broomhill to Grantown on Spey


If you have any queries, objections or would like to submit a TAWS application please use the details provided below:

Transport Scotland
2E North
Victoria Quay

Telephone: 0131 244 7257