Scotland TranServ has embedded the principles of sustainable development to inspire economic growth, equality, social inclusion and the environment within a whole life cycle approach at each stage of our operations from investigation, design and construction to maintenance or asset management and decommission.
Working in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, Scotland TranServ promotes sustainable delivery and carbon emission reductions to reinforce the Scottish Government’s key strategic priority ‘Transition to a Low Carbon Economy’.
We minimise our environmental and social impacts throughout delivery whilst maximising on operational efficiencies.
This is achieved through our in house team and encouraging the workforce to share innovation and best practice to benefit the environment, economy and the local communities in which we live, visit and work for years to come.
Four A75 ‘Crack and Seat’ schemes were designed and constructed, providing a sustainable alternative to full road reconstruction, reducing waste materials and haulage. Cumulatively using this approach, which introduces hair-line fractures into the rigid road base for expansion and contraction, the schemes saved 2141 tonnes of material/waste and 119 wagon loads in contrast to conventional road reconstruction methods.
Scotland’s wildlife, as well as being beautiful, can also be ingenious, and none more so than water vole colonies discovered living either side of our busiest stretch of motorway.
Counterparts at Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) made the discovery while assessing the environmental impact of a planned housing development. At the same time Scotland TranServ teams surveying a nearby manhole made a similar discovery.
The Water Voles have evolved to live away from standing water and instead are happy to exist in areas of marshy ground. Reinforced, laddered banking has also provided the ideal climbing surface for the voles to evolve into multi-storey dwellers.
Rob Raynor, SNH’s mammal advisory officer, said:
“These voles are very unusual in that they live more like moles entirely in the absence of open water, often in areas of rough grassland, including the edges of the M8. By working with Scotland TranServ and others, we can help to ensure these grassland areas are managed appropriately. Maintaining good links between wildlife habitats affected by new roads is critical not just to water voles, but to an array of other species including otters, badgers and bats.”
Researchers from Glasgow University, Glasgow City Council and leading UK experts are all working alongside Scotland TranServ to study the water voles and identify their evolutionary leap forward. They want to establish how two colonies inhabited either side of Scotland’s busiest road and whether they are connected.
Carol Walker, Scotland TranServ’s Environment Manager concluded:
“We are working with schools, universities and Scotland’s leading environment organisations to continuously improve the value of service we provide in this area. Sustainability is an important part of our vision of becoming the leading road network management and maintenance provider in Scotland, and in delivering an efficient, sustainable service that exceeds our Client and stakeholder expectations.”
This is just one of a number of such initiatives that Scotland TranServ’s Environment Team is working on, from bats under bridges to rare over-wintering birds neighbouring our network.