Survey exposes dangers of working on trunk roads


June 26, 2019 – Half of workers on Scotland’s trunk roads have experienced a ‘near miss’ in the last year when vehicles mistakenly entered a works area, a new survey has found.

The survey has been carried out by Scotland’s three trunk road operating companies – Bear Scotland, Scotland TranServ and Amey as part of a campaign in conjunction with Transport Scotland to speak up for roadworkers in Scotland.

They found that 70% of workers on the trunk roads have experienced dangerous driver behaviour and that one in three reported dodging missiles including litter and even bottles of urine.

In the last year, 70% have had their lives put at risk by motorists’ dangerous driving behaviour or have been subjected to verbal or physical abuse while they carry out maintenance and improvement works on the country’s key routes.

The three operating companies are now calling on road users to be patient and respect the work force who carry out essential road maintenance. They are running a campaign this week to highlight the statistics and real-life accounts and experiences from their teams.

The key findings of the 2019 Roadworker Safety survey taken from across almost 400 industry employees include:

  • 70% of those surveyed reported instances of private vehicles entering the works safe-zone area;
  • 69% of those surveyed witnessed road users ignoring red lights at roadworks;
  • Nearly two out of three (65%) reported being verbally abused by passing motorists;
  • 52% had a near-miss –they narrowly avoided being hit by a private vehicle erroneously entering a works area;
  • 31% had missiles thrown at them in the past year by passing motorists – including plastic bottles, apple cores, eggs, juice cans and even bottles of urine;
  • 14% experienced physical abuse whilst carrying out works on some of Scotland’s busiest routes.



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