Councils across Scotland have agreed that it makes sense to them to undertake all scheduled roadworks at the same time.
Scotland’s vast road network, ranging from multi-lane motorways to single-track country roads, regularly needs repairs owing to the often predictably unpredictable weather the country experiences on a daily basis.
Drivers across the country are regularly frustrated to find that they are stuck in queues associated with roadworks, which can be as simple as a little pot hole repair to an entire resurfacing job.
However, many drivers will also be familiar with encountering several roadworks sites within the same area, or even on the same stretch of road.
Council chiefs have confirmed that it is totally logical to undertake all planned roadworks at the same time, because “the equipment is going to be in that area anyway”.
For instance, in late 2012, Fife Council had no less than 4 major roads in St Andrews fully or partially closed for repair work, bringing the town to a grinding halt, but obviously making best use of resources.
Fife Council’s roads mastermind Roddie McCallum said:
“It’s actually good value for the tax payer when we do this, we’re not having to pay extra money to ship in the plant machinery to undertake these repairs. ”
Councils have faced criticism over their planning, with many citing that this approach to roadworks is logistically foolish and often causes massive delays, and can be potentially harmful to businesses. In response, Mr McCallum added:
“Sorry, I’m not sure what time it is.”
At the time of writing, commuters using the M90 from Perth to Edinburgh will encounter not only the joy of delays at the construction site of the new Forth crossing, but will appreciate the effort being put in place only 10 miles further north as the M90 is resurfaced at Glenfarg too.
Mr McCallum added:
“Scottish residents will appreciate seeing the hard work being done by our colleagues in Perth and Kinross council as the motorway is resurfaced. They’ll have plenty of time to observe it as they are brought to a halt. Again.”
Councils across Scotland are feeling the squeeze after recent budgetary cuts, and are taking steps to trim the pennies off their annual budgets.
A controversial proposal has been motioned by the MP for West Fife, suggesting that the council simply bulk-buys sticking plasters for use in pot hole repairs on many of Fife’s roads, as “it will probably do a better job than the tarmac repairs”.
Fife Council’s Roads department was unavailable for comment on this.