All development where construction is involved will include some element of traffic. Operators will produce traffic management plans and ensure that these plans are discussed with local communities.  The plans are often changed to reflect specific local circumstances, for example school opening times.

Ricardo in their independent report to the Scottish Government estimated that traffic movements could be sustained at around 190 per week for a period of approximately 2 years during development of a pad. Ricardo gave some context by comparing this to a food superstore with 60,000 two-way vehicle trips, a warehouse/distribution centre with 5,000 two-way HGV movements and a windfarm at construction stage of 800-1,000 two-way movements per week.

Operators will explore various ways to reduce the volume of required HGVs by for example sourcing any water they require locally either via a pipe or local extraction or by recycling water or a combination of all methods. As transporting water is a fairly significant element of potential traffic generated, this could have a material impact on total vehicles required.


The incremental traffic movements due to UOG activity would have no detectable effect on the overall numbers of traffic movements in Scotland. Hence, there would be no detectable impact on associated environmental issues such as national carbon dioxide emissions from road traffic.

Ricardo for Scottish Government, 2016