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Scotland gets new pothole czar

11 Aug 15 Civil engineer Angus Carmichael has been appointed Scottish road works commissioner on an interim basis while the purpose of the post is reviewed.

The role of Scottish road works commissioner was created in 2005 to work with highway and utility contractors and local authorities to oversee improvements to the planning, co-ordination and quality of road works.

Angus Carmichael is currently service manager (network management) with Fife Council. He is described by Transport Scotland as “an active figure in the road works community in Scotland". He has represented TayForth Area Road Authority & Utilities Committee (RAUC) for the last 15 years and been RAUC Scotland co-chair for the last three years.

He replaces Elspeth King who stood down at the end of May.

Scotland’s transport minister, Derek Mackay, has also launched a review of the office and functions of the commissioner’s role.

Mr Mackay said: “Scotland already leads the UK in the planning and coordination of roadworks and I have taken this opportunity to commission a review of the office and functions of the Scottish road works commissioner to build on our existing strengths, and I have asked Angus to work closely, along with other key stakeholders, on the review.

“I have called for a report of emerging findings and conclusions of the independent review by the spring, and want to see any resultant improvements fully implemented before I appoint a permanent successor to Ms King.”

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