Scotland’s trunk roads are far safer under SNP than Tories

are in need of a cash boost to bring down the number of accidents on these routes. Figures obtained by the Party revealed almost 2 000 accidents took place on roads including the A9 and the A96 in the past 5 years, 100 of them leading to fatalities.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcone 31.12.21 at 07:31

The Season of Freedom of Information continues after three by the Lib Dems and one by Scotland in Union, all faithfully misreported by the BBC and the Herald and all sorted here in the last few days. Notably, no fuller account appears on the BBC Scotland website. No other major media outlet has the story. This is one of a number, over the years, of stories uniquely fed to Reporting Scotland, GMS, Drivetime and Kay Adams.

As always, there is the juvenile adding up of numbers over several years to get a headline figure and no mention of what matters most, the trends.

Annual figures and changes over the years allow you to correlate with policy initiatives and spending in previous years. They’re easily found:

Ignoring as we should the pandemic year 2020, serious incidents on all of Scotland’s roads have fallen from around 5 000 in 2007/2009 to less than 3 000 in 2017/19 and slight incidents from around 12 000 to around 5 000 in the same period. These are major positive trends which viewers should know of.

With regard to particular trunk roads such as the notorious A9, between the installation of safety cameras, in 2014 and the 2017 report, there had been a 38% reduction in fatal casualties, between Dunblane and Perth, and the number of serious collisions was down by over 45%.

For the record, then MSP for Ayr, John Scott, opposed road safety improvements on the A77, in September 2020, as they might slow traffic down and harm the economy in some way.

And, in June 2019, Tory MSP, Jamie Greene, revealed that SNP road maintenance spending since 2007, was up 81%.

Finally,

Evidence of the effects of the road maintenance investment can be seen in the fact that in only one case out of more than 800 road fatalities, in 2013-17, was a ‘poor or defective road surface’ even a ‘contributory factor’ in the collision. 

Sources:

https://www.transport.gov.scot/publication/reported-road-casualties-scotland-2020/table-1b-dft-seriousslight-adjusted-and-unadjusted-casualties-2004-to-2020/

4 thoughts on “Scotland’s trunk roads are far safer under SNP than Tories

  1. THESE MELLEE MOUTHED UNIONISTS
    JUST KEEP LYING TO PUBLIC THROUGH THEIR TAME PAID RAGS

    PAPERS BOUGHT AND PAID BY ENGLISH PRINT BARONS
    TELLING SCOTS WHAT TO DO
    HOW DARE THEY INTERFERE IN ANOTHER COUNTRIES WILL TO GOVERN

    THEY ARE LYING AND CHEATING TO CITIZENS WHO HAVE NO INTEREST
    IN THEIR. BIASED RHETORIC

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  2. Increasingly, Reporting Scotland, Good Morning Scotland, Drivetime, seem to do no actual news reporting. Almost all of the ‘stories’ are press releases or are based on what someone contacts them to tell them or are ‘vox pops’.

    The ‘demand by DRoss to reduce the isolation time from 10 days to 7 was on the Politics Scotland page for a week, and, when Wales and NI decided to reduce to 7 the bulletins were thundering how ‘Scotland is out of step’. Then the BMA, The spokesman for the care sector and various others all said that continued caution was wise and that there should be no reduction of time. So, the DRoss story has been removed and a low emphasis story about the medical opposition inserted. STV on the other hand led its Hogmanay bulletins with the opposition to reduction in time by medics.

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    1. I’d posted yesterday of the “Scotland ‘too cautious’ on self-isolation, says Tory leader” story finally being demoted – Although listed as 7 days it was nearer 9.
      The story wasn’t removed just demoted, probably about page 2 by now.

      Pacific Quay has been running video bulletins with Scotland’s foremost expert in the field and most trusted GP Gulhane, endless radio pieces, phone ins by the opinionated, they’ve never let up.
      Indyref Two’s Youtube channel has 10 or more clips with a few comparisons over the last week alone.

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  3. For a little perspective: the detail provided on the BEAR Scotland website regarding its work on the trunk road network on behalf of Transport Scotland is extensive. It includes regular updates on individual projects as well as quarterly reviews on work done within its regional areas. Just a small selection of news stories from recent weeks:

    ‘TRUNK ROAD IMPORVEMENTS (sic) ACROSS NORTH WEST SCOTLAND: December 22, 2021
    ‘Since October 2021, BEAR Scotland has delivered over £14m of resurfacing, safety improvements and maintenance schemes on behalf of Transport Scotland across many different routes and structures on the North West trunk road network.’

    ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SOUTH EAST SINCE OCTOBER: December 17, 2021
    ‘In the final quarter of 2021, BEAR Scotland has delivered resurfacing and safety improvements across a number of different routes in the South East. Resurfacing projects spanned sections of motorways including the M8, M9, M80 and M876, and carriageway enhancements on other key routes including the A1, A68, A7, A702, A720 and A876.

    TRUNK ROAD IMPORVEMENTS ACROSS NORTH EAST SCOTLAND: December 15, 2021
    ‘Since October 2021, BEAR Scotland has delivered over £12.9m of resurfacing, safety improvements and maintenance schemes on behalf of Transport Scotland across many different routes and structures on the North East trunk road network. Nineteen resurfacing projects have been undertaken which has included significant improvements on the A9 through Perth, the A90 between Perth and Dundee and across various sections of the A96.’

    Under contract to Transport Scotland, Bear is presently responsible for c.80% of Scotland’s trunk road network.

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