Transport Scotland launched the consultation on 9 April 2013, with the aim of introducing further improvements to works on Scottish roads. The aims of the consultation were to:
- Improve the safety of those who use or work on roads;
- Minimise the disruption and inconvenience caused by works; and
- Protect the structure of roads and the integrity of the pipes and cables under them.
The consultation produced an encouraging response from the Scottish road works community and others. Responses have provided a clear steer on those proposals that would and would not receive support from the community, and have shown the main areas where there is divergence in opinion between roads authorities and utility companies. Several suggestions for changes to existing guidelines and policy were put forward to improve the planning and co-ordination of works, and there seems a general commitment between all parties to achieving the safe, effective and efficient completion of works that minimise disruption and costs to road users and consumers. Regular and ongoing communication between roads authorities, utility companies and the Commissioner seems to be key to the future successful planning and delivery of works on Scottish roads.