Road Safety

Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 6th March 2003.

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Photo of Bristow Muldoon Bristow Muldoon Labour 2:30 pm, 6th March 2003

To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to improve road safety. (S1O-6593)

Photo of Iain Gray Iain Gray Labour

The Scottish Executive is addressing road safety through a combination of engineering, enforcement and education.

Photo of Bristow Muldoon Bristow Muldoon Labour

What impact does the minister expect that the schemes to introduce 20mph zones around schools and in residential areas will have in reducing the number of child casualties from road traffic accidents? What form of evaluation will the Executive place on such schemes?

Photo of Iain Gray Iain Gray Labour

We want the number of child casualties to be reduced by 50 per cent by 2010, and we regularly monitor the figures and the progress that has been made. One of the most interesting of the trials that are under way in West Lothian, which includes Bristow Muldoon's constituency of Livingston, is the trial of part-time speed limits around schools, whereby 20mph speed limits are in place when they can have the most effect in protecting our children as they go to and from school.

Photo of Phil Gallie Phil Gallie Conservative

The minister is well aware of safety concerns on the section of the A77 that runs between Ayr and Ballantrae. Last week, he made a welcome announcement of road improvements to that section to address safety issues. What design-and-construct contracts have been or will be awarded for that? What is the time scale for the completion of what are relatively small but necessary improvements?

Photo of Iain Gray Iain Gray Labour

I am keen, for several different reasons, for the improvements to progress quickly. I think that Mr Gallie has written to me asking the questions that he just asked. I have sought detailed answers and I will make them available to Mr Gallie when I have them.

Photo of Robin Harper Robin Harper Green

Will the minister audit and report on the development of home zones in Scotland?

Photo of Iain Gray Iain Gray Labour

All the improvements that we make in road safety, including making roads in residential areas safer, are part of efforts that we audit regularly, both directly and through local authorities. We will continue to do that.