Dear Highland Council,
When the roads agency BEAR Scotland proposes to carry out maintenance work in the Portree area, (ie. involving the digging up of road surfaces, drains, disruption of traffic flow), is Highland Council (Portree) given any notice of this, & if so, generally how much.

Yours faithfully,

Iain Sanders

Highland Council

Case Ref: HC0226-5982  
Dear Mr Sanders, 
We acknowledge receipt of your request for information under the
FOI legislation received on 30/08/2019.
Subject: 
Liason with BEAR Scotland
Request Detail:
When the roads agency BEAR Scotland proposes to carry out maintenance work
in the Portree area, (ie. involving the digging up of road surfaces,
drains, disruption of traffic flow), is Highland Council (Portree) given
any notice of this, & if so, generally how much.
The Highland Council will endeavour to respond within the legislative time
scale of 20 working days from date of receipt unless further clarification
of your request is required.
Further information on response times can be found at:
[1]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...
Yours Sincerely,
The Highland Council
This is an automatically generated email - PLEASE DO NOT REPLY 

Unless related to the business of The Highland Council, the views or
opinions expressed within this e-mail are those of the sender and do not
necessarily reflect those of The Highland Council, or associated bodies,
nor does this e-mail form part of any contract unless so stated.
Mura h-eil na beachdan a tha air an cur an cèill sa phost-d seo a'
buntainn ri gnothachas Chomhairle na Gàidhealtachd, 's ann leis an neach
fhèin a chuir air falbh e a tha iad, is chan eil iad an-còmhnaidh a'
riochdachadh beachdan na Comhairle, no buidhnean buntainneach, agus chan
eil am post-d seo na phàirt de chunnradh sam bith mura h-eil sin air
innse.

Listening * Open * Valuing * Improving * Supporting * Partnering * Delivering
Èisteachd * Fosgailte * Luach * Leasachadh * Taic * Com-pàirteachas *
Lìbhrigeadh

References

Visible links
1. http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...

Andrew Bone, Highland Council

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Sanders,

 

 

All road works are coordinated and involve information
sharing/Consultation via an online portal called SRWR (Scottish street
works register) sometimes referred to as Symology, in advance of works
commencing.

 

I hope this answers your question.

 

Let me know if I can be of any more assistance.

 

Best Regards,

 

 

Andrew Bone.

 

Inspector

Skye & Lochalsh &

SW Ross-shire

 

Community Services

Ardelve Depot

Nr Dornie

IV40 8DY

 

Work’s Mobile: +44 7979637604

Work’s Landline: +44 1599555462

 

Mon-Fri 0900-1700

 

[email address]

 

Unless related to the business of The Highland Council, the views or
opinions expressed within this e-mail are those of the sender and do not
necessarily reflect those of The Highland Council, or associated bodies,
nor does this e-mail form part of any contract unless so stated.
Mura h-eil na beachdan a tha air an cur an cèill sa phost-d seo a'
buntainn ri gnothachas Chomhairle na Gàidhealtachd, 's ann leis an neach
fhèin a chuir air falbh e a tha iad, is chan eil iad an-còmhnaidh a'
riochdachadh beachdan na Comhairle, no buidhnean buntainneach, agus chan
eil am post-d seo na phàirt de chunnradh sam bith mura h-eil sin air
innse.

Listening * Open * Valuing * Improving * Supporting * Partnering * Delivering
Èisteachd * Fosgailte * Luach * Leasachadh * Taic * Com-pàirteachas *
Lìbhrigeadh

Mackenzie Sutherland, Highland Council

2 Attachments

Good afternoon Iain,

 

In response to your request below.

 

Dear Highland Council,

When the roads agency BEAR Scotland proposes to carry out maintenance work
in the Portree area, (ie. involving the digging up of road surfaces,
drains, disruption of traffic flow), is Highland Council (Portree) given
any notice of this, & if so, generally how much.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Iain Sanders

 

When Bear, or any Statutory Undertaker (Utility Company) for that matter
wish to undertake works on any local authority or Transport Scotland
controlled road (in this instance managed by Bear Scotland) there is a
requirement to lodge a notification with the Scottish Road Works Register
(SRWR). Link attached below for clarity.

 

[1]https://roadworks.scot/performance/scott...

 

This notification is held on a database which can be accessed by the HC
and shows where/when works are planned.

 

The length of notice given when lodging a permit request depends entirely
on the duration and nature of the works - or classification of the works.
For reference (to be read in conjunction with the definitions of works
below)

 

For non traffic sensitive roads (greyed out boxes indicate no notice
required)

[2]cid:image005.jpg@01D56D5B.9800ABD0

For traffic sensitive roads (greyed out boxes indicate no notice required)

[3]cid:image006.jpg@01D56D5B.9800ABD0

 

Definitions/classification of works.

 

Emergency Works

·         Emergency works means works whose execution at the time when
they are executed is required in order to put an end to, (or to prevent
the occurrence of, circumstances then   existing or imminent) which are
likely to cause danger to persons or property.

·         When works comprise items some of which fall within the
preceding definition, the expression “emergency” works” shall be taken to
include such of the items as do not fall within that definition as cannot
reasonably be severed from those that do.

 

Urgent Works

·         These are works which fall short of emergency works as defined
in NRSWA, but are of sufficient urgency to warrant immediate action either
to prevent further deterioration of an existing situation or to avoid an
undertaker breaching a statutory obligation

 

“urgent works” means:

a)      road works (not being emergency works) whose execution at the time
they are executed is required (or which the person responsible for the
works believes on reasonable grounds to be required)

to prevent or put an end to an unplanned interruption of any supply or
service provided by the undertaker.

to avoid substantial loss to the undertaker in relation to an existing
service; or

to reconnect supplies or services where the undertaker would be under a
civil or criminal liability if the reconnection is delayed until after the
expiration of the normal notice period,

 

and include works that cannot reasonably be severed from such works

 

b)      works for roads purposes (not being emergency works) whose
execution at the time they are executed is required (or which the person
responsible for the works believes on reasonable grounds to be required)
to prevent or put an end to an unplanned obstruction of any part of the
road and includes works that cannot reasonably be severed from such works.

 

Minor Works with Excavation

·         To qualify as minor works the works must:

a)       not be emergency or urgent works

b)       not be of a planned duration of more than 3 days,

c)        not form part of a rolling programme, and

d)       not involve at any one time more than 30 metres of works or 20
square metres of reinstatement or leave less than the minimum width of
carriageway necessary for oneway traffic in accordance with the Code of
Practice for Safety at Street Works and Road Works.

 

Minor Works without Excavation

·         Where a works promoter proposes to excavate minor works (as
defined above) in a road which is not traffic sensitive , no notice is
required in the case of:

a)       minor works not involving breaking up the road. This could
include work at manholes and chambers, operating valves or works of a
similar nature:

b)       the replacement of poles, lamps, columns and signs, pole testing
and similar works involving minimal Table 8 - Works Category Definitions
Guidance for Works Noticing in the Scottish Road Works Register (SRWR) 19

 

Mobile and Short Duration Works

·         Mobile and Short Duration are continuous mobile operations, as
well as those which involve movement with periodic stops and short
duration static works. It also includes minor works (as defined above)
which do not include excavation, and pothole repairs of less than one
square metre, involving the use of a single vehicle or a number of small
vehicles

 

Standard Works

·         These are road works which are not emergency works, urgent
works, minor works, mobile and short duration works, major works or NRSWA
S117 Substantial Works for Road Purposes (Road Restriction Works).

 

Major Works

·         Major Works means road works by a works promoter (other than
minor works)

·         which have been identified specifically in the Works Promoter’s
annual operating programme or which, if not specifically indentified in
that programme, are normally planned at least six months in advance of
works commencing.

·         Where an order is required under Section 14 of the Road Traffic
Regulation Act 1984 for any works other than emergency works.

·         other than emergency works and urgent works, in a multi lane
road (more than one lane in each direction) that is traffic sensitive
where one or more lanes are closed to enable works to take place;

·         other than emergency works , which have a duration in excess of
10 days and for which traffic control is required for three or more of
those days, in accordance with the Code of Practice for Safety at Street
Works and Road Works.

 

S117 Substantial Works for Roads Purposes (Road Restriction)

·         Substantial works means works for road purposes which comprise a
reconstruction, widening, alteration in the level, resurfacing or
specialist non skid surface dressing of the part of the road concerned and

a)      if executed in a footpath, footway, bridleway or cycletrack,
extend for more than 30 metres of continuous length and result in the
width of the footpath, footway, bridleway or cycletrack available for
pedestrians, cyclists or others having the right to use the way as the
case may be, being reduced by more than two thirds;

b)      if executed in a carriageway, extend for more than 30 metres of
continuous length and result in the carriageway being prohibited or the
width of the carriageway available for vehicular traffic being reduced by
more than one third.

 

That said the HC Portree office (as your request for information mentions)
does not monitor the works undertaken on the Trunk road as it does not
fall within their remit to do so and they are not notified directly of
these works unless the works planned are to affect the roads controlled by
the HC.

 

For example:- if the works crossed over or adjoined a road controlled by
the HC and this meant that traffic was to be managed with either Stop/go
boards or temporary traffic lights, the local office would receive
notification by way of a ‘traffic management request’. This request would
be authorised at a local level and so the office (Portree) would be made
aware through direct contact.

 

The only other instance for the local office to be aware of trunk road
activity would be if the HC were planning works that would directly affect
trunk road traffic – when the HC lodged in Symology their intention to
carry out works a warning would flag up if there were works planned on the
trunk road that would interfere with their proposed works.

 

I trust this answers you enquiry

 

Many thanks

 

Mackenzie Sutherland

Road Technician

Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.

 

 

 

 

Unless related to the business of The Highland Council, the views or
opinions expressed within this e-mail are those of the sender and do not
necessarily reflect those of The Highland Council, or associated bodies,
nor does this e-mail form part of any contract unless so stated.
Mura h-eil na beachdan a tha air an cur an cèill sa phost-d seo a'
buntainn ri gnothachas Chomhairle na Gàidhealtachd, 's ann leis an neach
fhèin a chuir air falbh e a tha iad, is chan eil iad an-còmhnaidh a'
riochdachadh beachdan na Comhairle, no buidhnean buntainneach, agus chan
eil am post-d seo na phàirt de chunnradh sam bith mura h-eil sin air
innse.

Listening * Open * Valuing * Improving * Supporting * Partnering * Delivering
Èisteachd * Fosgailte * Luach * Leasachadh * Taic * Com-pàirteachas *
Lìbhrigeadh

References

Visible links
1. https://roadworks.scot/performance/scott...