Public performance reports

Roads and lighting

The Council Plan Connect, outlines our objectives for 2017-22. Connect Priorities should not be seen in isolation, they interact with each other and as we achieve success in one, we move closer to success in others. In delivering our vision to ‘improve the quality of life of everyone in South Lanarkshire’ our Priorities show how our work links with our partners including our Community Planning Partners. 

For daily updates, stories and what’s going on in your area, visit our information and news website South Lanarkshire View.

Each year we produce Annual Performance Spotlights which summarise how we have performed in achieving our Connect Priorities. To complement these we have created a suite of individual Public Performance Reports which focus on key areas of council business. This report outlines the performance of our roads and lighting services and how this links to our objective to improve the road network, influence improvements in public transport and encourage active travel.

Note: Some 2020-21 performance and results were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A high quality and well maintained road network matters to everyone in South Lanarkshire. Businesses use it to deliver goods and services; workers use it to get to and from their place of work; families use it during their everyday lives; and some use it to access leisure opportunities. The road network is therefore critical to our economic success and to the well-being of our communities. Good public transport helps reduce the number of cars on the roads and allows everyone, whether they own a car or not, to access the services and opportunities they need. In response to the feedback received from residents through numerous surveys, and in recognition of the condition of the road network, the council has placed a high priority on improving roads and footways. You can access the council’s Local Transport Strategy which sets out the council’s policies and actions in relation to roads and transportation in South Lanarkshire over the period, 2013–2023. 

For further information on the services available relating to the road network, follow the link to our webpage Transport and streets.

How much of our road network is in need of repair? – Target <30.3%

What this means This indicator shows the percentage of the road network that should be considered for maintenance treatment, based on information from the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS) Scottish Road Maintenance Condition Survey. Roads within South Lanarkshire Council are surveyed by a machine, which collects various characteristics of the road condition. ‘Considered for maintenance treatment’ means that there is likely to be some defect in the condition of the road.
Why this matters Councils spend a significant amount of money on road maintenance. This is an indicator that looks at the quality of South Lanarkshire Council’s roads and supplements the data in this report on cost of road maintenance.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 Are we improving?
SLC 31.3% 30.3% 30.6% No
Scotland 36.3% 35.0% 35.5%
How we have performed in improving this public service

The Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS) Road Condition Index (RCI) survey results for the period covering 2018 to 2020 indicate that 30.6% of our road network should be considered for treatment, compared to our current target of 30.3%. The Scottish average is (35.5%), and that places South Lanarkshire in 8th position out of the 32 local roads authorities. 

Percentage of road network resurfaced - Target 2%

What this means Works are regularly undertaken to resurface certain roads, improve the condition of the road network and extend the working life of the carriageway. This indicator details the proportion of the council's roads network that has been improved in this way.
Why this matters The council has a statutory duty to manage and maintain the road network so as to allow the safe and prompt movement of traffic. This indicator shows the extent of the council’s maintenance activities in any one year.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 Are we improving?
SLC 3.7% 3.4% 3.1% No
Scotland N/A N/A N/A
How we have performed in improving this public service The commencement of our resurfacing programme for 2020-21 was delayed until July 2020 as a result of restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, the service was required to complete outstanding work from the previous financial year which had been left unfinished as a result of lockdown restrictions. The target for 2020-21 was reduced to 2% as a result of the delay, as well as increases in construction costs associated with the Scottish Government restrictions. With appropriate measures in place for works to continue however, we were eventually able to resurface 3.1% of the road network.

Number of people killed or seriously injured on roads – The council’s overall aim is to contribute to the following national casualty reduction targets by 2020:
• For all age groups, a 40% reduction in fatal casualties and a 55% reduction in serious casualties (compared to the period 2004-2008); and
• For children, a 50% reduction in fatalities and 65% reduction in serious casualties compared to the same period.

What this means This indicator reports on the number of people killed or seriously injured on the South Lanarkshire road network.
Why this matters A key objective for the council is to proactively reduce casualties on the South Lanarkshire road network. We have attempted to achieve this in a number of ways; through specific engineering measures at schools; through speed limiting initiatives; and by incorporating enhanced road markings, road studs, upgraded warning signage, anti-skid surfacing and visibility improvements.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2018 2019 2020 Are we improving?
SLC 70 111 95 Yes
Scotland N/A N/A N/A
How we have performed in improving this public service

During 2020, the number of people killed or seriously injured decreased from 111 in the previous year to 95. The overall number of casualties (including slight, serious and fatal casualties), reduced from 418 in 2019 to 316 in 2020. The impact of Covid-19 restrictions on travel patterns will have influenced the number of accidents and casualties occurring on the road.

For further information on our road safety services, follow the links to: Road safety services, Pre-school road safety, and Primary school road safety play.

We will take forward the following key areas for improvement:

  • continue to improve the condition of our road network through implementation of our Roads Investment Programme
  • continue to focus on road accident reduction projects during 2020-21, with the aim of reducing road casualties on the roads of South Lanarkshire and making roads safer for all users
  • Complete Greenhills Road major transport infrastructure project
  • Development of the outline business case for the Stewartfield Way Sustainable Transport Capacity Enhancement Project and associated supporting technical assessments / designs

Roads in winter
• Watch a short video on winter roads maintenance

Resource Plans are prepared each year by all council Resources to outline the key developments they intend to take forward in the year. Performance and actions relating to roads and lighting can be found in the Community and Enterprise Resource Plan

Twice a year, performance reports are presented to council committees on progress against the Resource Plans. In addition, reports detailing progress against the Council Plan Connect Priorities are prepared. See Quarter 2 and Quarter 4 performance reports for further information.

More information on our objectives can be found in the Council Plan Connect and also the Annual Performance Spotlights.

Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF) allows councils to work together, to use performance information in a way which will help understand variations, share knowledge, expertise and good practice, with a view to making improvements. At the core of the framework is an agreed suite of performance indicators. We report the results for these indicators, over time, on the website. Additionally, you can compare our LGBF results with other councils' using the mylocalcouncil tool. Not all local authorities are alike and so family groups of eight ‘similar’ councils have been set up for comparison purposes. Workshops take place throughout the year to discuss the indicators and results – South Lanarkshire Council is actively involved in these discussions.

The information contained within this report reflects the position based on the data available at the time of publication (February 2022)