The Office of The Scottish Road Works Commissioner recently submitted its annual review of road works in West Lothian and a number of improvements were identified. 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 ultimately to the Scottish Parliament.
The Commissioner's aim is to improve the planning, co-ordination and quality of road works across Scotland. The Commissioner monitors performance, promotes and encourages good practice by both utility companies and roads authorities. They also have powers to impose financial penalties on roads authorities who systematically fail in their duty to coordinate, and on utility companies who systematically fail to co-operate when undertaking road works.
The Commissioner measures the council's performance as both a Roads Authority and Road Works Authority. Process changes developed and implemented by the council's Roads and Transportation service during the period since 2017/18 have significantly improved performance indicator levels as detailed in the Commissioner's newly published report for 2018/19.
Executive Councillor for the environment Tom Conn said: "This is a positive report for the service and outlines the effort put in by staff to implement changes over the past year."