One of our most successful client relationships has been with Transport Scotland, the National transport agency for Scotland responsible for a remit covering public transport, roads, rail, ferry services and air links. Our involvement with Transport Scotland, and prior to its inception in 2006, with the Scottish Executive, relates to the maintenance and development of the Scottish Trunk Road Network.
Waterman Aspen has had continual engagement with the Network Management division since 2001 through a succession of varying contractual arrangements covering 13 separate appointments, with a number of secondments still current and running for up to 6 to 8 years. Our contractual arrangements have included a succession of frameworks where Waterman Aspen has figured as the prominent supplier, to our current contract, participation on the National Government Framework, Contingent Labour One.
Our scope of activities has been diverse, with Principal Chartered Engineers engaged on Area Manager duties overseeing the delivery of services from the term maintenance contractors, Amey, BEAR and Scotland Transerv; management and financial control of annual budgets; management of studies, investigation and discreet improvement schemes; and day to day activities including handling general correspondence and liaising with politicians, businesses and communities. These are highly prominent roles we have undertaken, frequently involving provision of technical advice to the Scottish Parliament’s Minister for Transport, (currently Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities).
Our roles have also covered a diverse range of activities including project managing the Scottish Road Network Landslides study which strategized and implemented remediation and mitigation measures throughout the Network including the highly prominent A83 Rest and be Thankful site which has been extensively covered on television. We have also been involved in advance traffic management planning for the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup involving extensive liaison with Partner Agencies, including Police Scotland, Local Authorities and the Operating Companies to ensure successful 24/7 coverage was achieved prior to and during the events. The full diversity of roles extends from management and maintenance of 8 lane motorway flyovers through Glasgow’s City Centre to liaising with police and rural communities to co-ordinate the needs of modern day traffic with the continuance of centuries of tradition expressed in annual festivities such as the annual Common Riding carried out in Scotland’s Border towns.