The Roads Collaboration Programme was established in December 2013 to support the recommendation of the National Roads Maintenance Review (NRMR), to explore opportunities to share services among the 32 roads authorities and Transport Scotland in order to ensure a resilient and sustainable roads service for Scotland’s communities.
The National Roads Maintenance Review (NRMR) The NRMR reviewed how Scotland's road network is managed and maintained, with a view to stimulating service re-design and increasing the pace of examining the potential for shared services. The review aimed to identify how those responsible for, and working in, Scotland's road maintenance sector could deliver efficiently managed roads for all within the budgets available and identify opportunities for innovation, collaborative working and sharing services. The review also considered how the Scottish Government could work better with local authorities.
Overseen by a Programme Board inclusive of Transport Scotland, members of the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS), SOLACE, COSLA and the IS, the programme has the following aims:
The overall output of the programme will be a robust portfolio of delivered and planned collaboration initiatives that see local authorities and Transport Scotland working together across organisational boundaries, implementing improved ways of working and service delivery.
Following an extended period of consultation with all local authority roads services and Transport Scotland, including a national event in February 2014, it has been agreed to take the programme forward in two distinct paths:
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