Green light for four sections of £3bn A9 upgrade

Scottish Ministers have given the go-ahead for four more schemes on the £3bn dualling project for the A9 between Perth to Inverness.

This paves the way for 35km of the A9 to be widened in four different locations. Four schemes given the go ahead to make the orders are:

  • Tay Crossing to Ballinluig – 8.2 km

  • Pitlochry to Killiecrankie – 6.4 km

  • Glen Garry to Dalwhinnie – 9.5 km

  • Dalwhinnie to Crubenmore – 11 km

Public Local Inquiry Reports are also to be submitted to Scottish Ministers for a further three schemes in the coming months.

If approved, this would pave the way for completing the statutory processes for 92% of the ambitious upgrade of Scotland’s longest A road.

The design work for the remaining scheme between Pass of Birnam and Tay Crossing is also continuing with a preferred option for this stretch of the route due to be published later this year.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity said: “This government remains committed to dualling the A9 between Perth and Inverness, one of the biggest transport infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history.

“Hot on the heels of publishing Made Orders for the most northerly scheme between Tomatin and Moy, we are pushing forward with the necessary preparatory work to progress the publication of Made Orders for four more schemes with a total length of over 35 km. “At the same time, to help inform the future delivery plans for the dualling programme, we are engaging with industry representatives to ensure that the remainder of the programme, including these four schemes, is delivered effectively and efficiently.

“This engagement will balance the considerable benefits of the programme against financial risk and any impacts on local communities. We expect this process to conclude in summer 2021.”

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