Transport Scotland has given notice of a series of public information and advisory sessions that are to be held in Highland Perthshire regarding the complex and challenging issues surrounding the A9 dualling project.
These are to be held in order to assist the agency’s careful in-depth planning and design to ensure that it has the right scheme before construction work can start.

Key Facts
A9LuncartyaerialWeb■  The project represents one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history. The Scottish Government has put in place a commitment to complete the work by 2025 at the latest.
■  The A9 is the longest trunk road in Scotland with the Perth to Inverness section forming 177 kilometres (110 miles) of the total.
■  The combined total of the existing dual carriageway sections between Perth and Inverness is approximately 48 kilometres (30 miles).
■  The sections to be dualled total around 129 kilometres (80 miles). This is 16 times the length of the recently delivered M74 completion and 8 times the length of the recent M80 Stepps to Haggs project.
Transport Scotland is working collaboratively with key agencies, authorities and local communities to address such challenges as:

■  new bridges and major bridge widening;
■  improving accessibility for local communities;
■  addressing accident clusters;
■  managing the impact on the many environmental designations;
■  improved access to tourist and recreation sites including the Cairngorms National Park;
■  minimising impact of construction;
■  upgrading the existing dual carriageway sections to a standard consistent with the new.

Seven Sections
The A9 between Perth and Inverness requires dualling between the following seven sections:
■  Luncarty to Pass of Birnam – 9 km
■  Pass of Birnam to Ballinluig – 15.8 km
■  Pitlochry to Killiecrankie – 5.7 km
■  Killiecrankie to Glen Garry – 21.4 km
■  Glen Garry to Crubenmore – 20.1 km
■  Crubenmore to Slochd - 47.6 km (this section includes the approximately 5 km Kincraig-Dalraddy scheme)
■  Tomatin to Moy – 8.9 km
Development is already underway for the schemes below:
■  A9 Luncarty to Pass of Birnam
■  A9 Birnam to Tay Crossing
■  A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy
Plans for the design of the other sections are being developed and will be announced in due course.

Local Public Meetings
The series of public meetings  being held includes:
Monday  3 December   12:00 to 19:00 Pitlochry Town Hall
Friday     7 December  12:00 to 19:00 Dewars Centre, Perth
Monday  10 December  10:00 to 15:00 Birnam Arts Centre
Monday  10 December  18:00 to 20:00 Birnam Hotel
Thursday  13 December  12:00 to 19:00 Bankfoot Church Centre

Above: Aerial view of the A9 at Luncarty



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