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Transport Scotland is Scotland's national government transportation agency. One of its roles is to be the Roads Authority for Trunk Roads in Scotland (in a similar fashion to National Highways). Established in 2006, the agency manages the operation, maintenance and building of all major roads in Scotland. Unlike the other national Highway Authorities in the UK, Transport Scotland also has national oversight responsibility for most public transport in Scotland including the rail network, canal network, internal ferry services and ports, internal air travel, and road-based public transport.

Maintenance and day-to-day running of the trunk road network in Scotland is carried out by operating companies which have contracts with Transport Scotland. These contracts are organised into five regional units, which are:

  • North West Unit – operated by Bear Scotland
  • North East Unit – operated by Bear Scotland
  • South East Unit – operated by Amey
  • South West Unit – operated by Scotland TranServ
  • Forth Bridges Unit - operated by Amey

Several parts of the motorway network constructed or upgraded under private finance contracts are excluded from the operating company system as maintenance of these remains the responsibility of the organisations who constructed these for a defined period of time after their completion.

Transport Scotland operates the Traffic Scotland traffic information service on variable message signs and website.

Transport Scotland's rail responsibilities include the building of new railway lines, Rail Strategy and Investment, and appointing the operator for the Scotrail franchise. It also manages the national concessionary travel scheme, and has responsibility for managing national subsidies for public transport, most notably the subsidized inter-island ferry and air services.

Road List

North West Unit

North East Unit

South West Unit

South East Unit

Forth Bridges Unit

Aberdeen Roads Ltd

Roads under construction

PFI maintained roads

  • M74 and A74(M) (junction 12 to English border) - operated by Autolink
  • M77 (junction 5 to junction 8) - operated by Connect Roads
  • M80 (junction 3 to junction 7) - operated by Highways Management Group, maintenance contracted to Bear Scotland
  • M8 and A8 (J6 to J10), M74 (J3 to J6), M73 (J1 to near J3), A725 (M74 to M8) - operated by Scottish Roads Partnership, throughout and on completion of current upgrade works


Main Article: Transport Scotland (Junctions)

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Transport Scotland (Crossings)


M9 Chartershall Bridge Demolition

Timelapse video showing the demolition of the 4-span Chartershall Bridge.

The old M9 Chartershall Bridge had been struck by overheight vehicles on numerous occasions and was beyond repair. The unclassified road running over the bridge was closed to road traffic on safety grounds.

The new bridge will provide greater headroom clearance over the M9 motorway, and will allow the reopening of the unclassified road.

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Road Authorities in Scotland
Trunk Road UnitsNorth East TRU • North West TRU • South East TRU • South West TRU • Forth Bridges Unit
Local CouncilsAberdeen • Aberdeenshire • Angus • Argyll and Bute • Clackmannanshire • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar • Dumfries and Galloway • Dundee • East Ayrshire • East Dunbartonshire • East Lothian • East Renfrewshire • Edinburgh • Falkirk • Fife • Glasgow • Highland • Inverclyde • Midlothian • Moray • North Ayrshire • North Lanarkshire • Orkney Islands • Perth and Kinross • Renfrewshire • Scottish Borders • Shetland Islands • South Ayrshire • South Lanarkshire • Stirling • West Dunbartonshire • West Lothian
Roads policy and legislation
Legislation (UK)Road Traffic Act 1930 • Trunk Roads Act 1936 • Trunk Roads Act 1946 • Special Roads Act 1949 • Highways Act 1980 • Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 • Road  Traffic Regulation Act 1984 • Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 • Infrastructure Act 2015 • Transport (Scotland) Act 2019
Legislation (Ireland)Roads Act 1920 • Local Government (Roads and Drainage) Act 1968 • Local Government (Roads and Motorways) Act 1974 • Local Government (Toll Roads) Act 1979 • Roads Act 1993 • Roads (Amendment) Act 1998 • Roads Act 2007 • Local Government (Roads Functions) Act 2007 • Roads Act 2015
PolicyRoads for the Future (1969) • Road Development Plan (Ireland 1979) • Policy Planning and Framework for Roads (Ireland 1985) • Roads For Prosperity (1989) • A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England (1998) • Road Investment Strategy (2014)
Governmental bodiesDepartment for Infrastructure (Roads) • Department for Transport • National Highways • North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent • Office of Rail and Road • South Wales Trunk Road Agent • Transport Focus • Transport Infrastructure Ireland • Transport Scotland
Studies and ReportsCairngorm Area - Technical Report 1967 • Routes South of Edinburgh
Other termsProtected Road • Section 278 Agreement • Special Road

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