Transport Scotland has contracts in place with Operating Companies to ensure Scottish trunk roads are safe, efficient and well managed.
Maintaining the condition of our trunk road and motorway network is vital to the economy of Scotland.
Work is carried out by Operating Companies working under separate contracts.
These contracts are divided into 4 regional units and the Forth Bridges unit.
The East units are six year contracts (with the option to extend up to a maximum of eight years). The contracts commenced in August 2014.
The duration for both West units is for a period of five years which commenced in 2012, with the option to extend up to a maximum of a further five years at the sole discretion of the Scottish Ministers. The Forth Bridges unit is for a period of five years and commenced in 2015, with the option to extend up to a maximum of a further five years, again at the sole discretion of the Scottish Ministers.
These contracts are operated as follows:
Day-to-day work involves:
- Inspection, maintenance and repair of road surfaces, bridges and other infrastructure
- Grass cutting and weed control
- Gully cleaning
- Salting and snow clearing
- Repairs to street lighting and traffic signals
- Overseeing works carried out by contractors and utility companies
Value for money
These contracts employ 1,200 staff directly and 100 more through sub-contracts. To ensure these contracts deliver value for money, Transport Scotland has in place a Performance Audit Group (PAG) who audit, monitor and report on the financial, technical and performance aspects of the Operating Companies to an agreed strategy.
This involves more than 80 detailed audits per annum, monitoring of more than 1,200 road works sites each year and reporting on the financial, technical and performance aspects of the Operating Companies.
PAG also reviews payment requests from the Operating Companies and carries out inter-unit comparisons.