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29/05/15 11:17

Road Works Commissioner to step down

Elspeth King to step down from her role this month.

Ms King is only the second person appointed to the role of Commissioner.

Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands said:

“I wish to express my gratitude to Elspeth King for her personal commitment and hard work in the challenging role of Scottish Road Works Commissioner.

“In particular, I am grateful for her efforts to promote the planning, coordination and quality of road works in Scotland.

“I am sure I am not alone in wishing Elspeth well for the future.”

Ms King said:

“I have decided to step down as Commissioner after a busy but rewarding time in post.

“During my tenure I have worked very closely with the road works community to drive up standards and I am pleased that many improvements have been made, particularly in terms of the quality of workmanship.

“Scotland can be justifiably proud of its position as a world leader in the planning and coordination of road works and it has been a privilege to serve as Scottish Road Works Commissioner.”

Notes to editors

Notes to editors:

The Scottish Road Works Commissioner is an independent public official established under section 16 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 and is accountable to the Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament.

The Commissioner's role is to improve the planning, co-ordination and quality of road works throughout Scotland.

In so doing, the Commissioner monitors performance and promotes good practice among utility companies and roads authorities; and has powers to impose fines where such bodies fail to co-ordinate and collaborate as required.

Alison Leith

Transport Scotland

Office: 0141 272 7195


Sarah O'loughlin

Transport Scotland

Office: 01412727338

Mobile: 07920477564

Email: Sarah.o'

Transport Scotland is the Scottish Government’s national transport agency responsible for; aviation, bus, freight and taxi policy; coordinating the National Transport Strategy for Scotland; ferries, ports and harbours; impartial travel services; liaising with regional transport partnerships, including monitoring of funding; local roads policy; major public transport projects; national concessionary travel schemes; rail and trunk road networks; sustainable transport, road safety and accessibility; the Blue Badge Scheme. Transport Scotland is an Executive agency accountable to Scottish Ministers.