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Select a directorate to read an overview of our work in that area and find contact information.

Rail | Trunk Road and Bus Operations | Aviation, Maritime, Freight & Canals
Transport Policy | Major Transport Infrastructure Projects
Finance and Analytical Services | Business Improvement & Corporate Services

Rail

The Rail Directorate is responsible for:

  • Managing the ScotRail franchise contract
  • Funding Network Rail's delivery responsibilities in Scotland
  • Managing programme of Rail Projects, including infrastructure, rolling stock and timetable changes
  • Advising Ministers on the investment priorities for the rail network, developing investment strategies for the future
  • Leading policy development for our rail systems
  • Leading engagement on reserved powers and regulatory affairs and engaging with the UK rail industry supporting integration of rail activities into Scottish Ministers transport sustainability strategies
  • Liaising with the Office of Rail Regulation in specifying and funding the outputs expected from Network Rail

There is also a distinct Commercial Unit, led by Bill Reeve, which is responsible for commercial negotiations and procurements including the next ScotRail Franchise and new rolling stock.

Contacts:

Rail Directorate

Transport Scotland

58 Port Dundas Road

Glasgow 

G4 0HF

Telephone: 0141 272 7100

Head of Rail: 
Aidan Grisewood

Commercial Director: 
Bill Reeve

Trunk Road and Bus Operations

The Trunk Road and Bus Operations Directorate is responsible for carrying out two main areas of work:

  • Management and maintenance of the Trunk Road network infrastructure in Scotland and Co-ordination of Response to Emergencies affecting Transport
  • Delivery of Concessionary Travel and development of Integrated Ticketing including Distribution of Grants to Bus Operators throughout Scotland

The Trunk Road network comprises of around 3,400 km of strategic routes and is the largest asset Scottish Ministers own (£15 billion Net asset value).

The Directorate contributes to Transport Scotland's delivery priorities of:

  • Improved connections across Scotland
  • Better journey times, better reliability
  • Greener transport alternatives, reduced emissions
  • Enhanced safety, more innovation

The Trunk Road and Bus Operations Directorate comprises of around 150 staff within the following teams:

  • Asset Management and Standards: Responsible for asset management planning, trunk road standards, systems management, ICT services, financial planning and budgetary control, materials and quality assurance. Also responsible for the Performance Audit Group commission
  • Bridges & Structures team: Responsible for the maintenance, construction and safety of bridges and other structures across the Trunk Road network
  • Concessionary Travel and Integrated Ticketing Unit: Has responsibility for delivering concessionary travel schemes across Scotland for the elderly, disabled and young. They are also responsible for the delivery of Bus Service Operator Grants and have both policy and delivery responsibilities for smart and integrated ticketing across Scotland
  • Network Administration team: Takes responsibility for administering responses from across the Trunk Road area of the Directorate for Freedom of Information requests, Parliamentary Questions and Ministerial and official Correspondence. This area is also responsible for administering abnormal load movements, third party claims and damage to crown property and promoting Road and Traffic Orders
  • Network Maintenance team: Responsible for keeping Scotland's Trunk Road Network functioning through day to day repair and upkeep, structural and winter maintenance and minor improvements
  • Network Operations: Responsible for 5 main business areas including Traffic Scotland Service, Transport Resilience, Strategic Road Safety, Development Management, and Operations Services

Contacts:

Trunk Road and Bus Operations Directorate

Buchanan House

58 Port Dundas Road

Glasgow

G4 0HF

Telephone: 0141 272 7100 

Head of Trunk Road and Bus Operations Directorate: 
Roy Brannen

Aviation, Maritime, Freight & Canals

The Aviation, Maritime, Freight & Canals Directorate is responsible for:

  • Ports policy framework and legislation
  • Canals policy and sponsorship of BW's Scottish responsibilities
  • Aviation policy and legislation and the sponsorship of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited
  • Freight Policy
  • Freight Grants
  • Policy, sponsorship and procurement of lifeline ferry services to Scotland's island and peripheral communities

Contacts:

Aviation, Maritime, Freight & Canals Directorate

Transport Scotland

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh 

EH6 6QQ 

Telephone: 0141 272 7100

Head of Aviation, Maritime, Freight & Canals: 
John Nicholls

Transport Policy 

The Transport Policy Directorate's focus is on the strategic transport policy development; high-level engagement with external partners; and associated legal and policy frameworks.

The policy role takes in Scotland's National Transport Strategy; the climate change and sustainable transport agenda; road safety; modal shift and buses; and accessibility. This includes oversight of the Concessionary Fares regime, and a range of sustainable transport initiatives linked to active travel.

The high-level engagement with external partners takes in Scotland's Road Safety Framework to 2020; the relationship with DfT, other Devolved Administrations, COSLA, Local Authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships; and the relationship with the bus and wider sustainable transport sectors.

The legal and policy frameworks include governance and guidance on regional transport (for example, RTPs); and on local roads (for example, signage and sponsorship of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner). There is also a casework function, advising Ministers in their decision-making capacity on road and rail projects, whether promoted nationally or locally.

Contacts:

Transport Policy Directorate

Transport Scotland

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh 
EH6 6QQ 

Telephone: 0141 272 7100 

Head of Transport Policy Directorate: 
Donald Carmichael

Major Transport Infrastructure Projects

MTRIPS is responsible for:

  • Delivering improvements to the network which meet today's needs and future challenges
  • Organising the design and build of major road schemes in Scotland
  • Designing, procuring and overseeing enhancements to current trunk roads and the construction of new ones
  • Providing professional resources such as computing and procurement advice to other divisions
  • Contributing to Transport Scotland's commitment to be a centre of excellence
  •  Supporting Project Teams to ensure relevant legislation and procedures are followed

Contacts:

MTRIPS

Buchanan House

58 Port Dundas Road

Glasgow
 G4 0HF

Telephone: 0141 272 7100 

Head of MTRIPS: 
Ainslie McLaughlin

Finance and Analytical Services

Finance

Supporting the management of a £2 billion budget on behalf of the Scottish Government for the provision of trunk road and rail services throughout Scotland, including:

  • financial and management accounting
  • budgeting and forecasting processes
  • ongoing monitoring and financial controls, including internal audit
  • advice on corporate risk management, VAT, financial vetting

Analytical Services

Provide analytical support and advice across the transport agenda including:

  • collecting, analysing and disseminating transport statistics
  • commissioning and conducting research
  • developing the technical guidance for Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG)
  • evaluating and assessing transport interventions

Contacts:

Finance and Analytical Services

Transport Scotland

58 Port Dundas Road

Glasgow

G4 0HF

Telephone: 0141 272 7100

Head of Finance and Analytical Services
: Sharon Fairweather

Business Improvement & Corporate Services

Business Improvement  and Corporate Services, which includes the Communications team, is responsible for:

  • Delivering quality assured standards across the work of the Agency
  • Enhancing the effective use of information
  • Ensuring constructive liaison with stakeholders
  • Preparing and publishing a range of corporate documents
  • Corporate and business planning
  • Performance monitoring for Transport Scotland as a whole
  • Support services such as Health and Safety, ICT, HR and legal

Contacts:

Business Improvement and Corporate Services

Transport Scotland

58 Port Dundas Road

Glasgow
 G4 0HF

Telephone: 0141 272 7100

Head of Business Improvement and Corporate Services: 
Andrew Maclaren

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