Bidders sought for upgrading A9 Dualling proramme in Scotland

WCN Editorial Team 1 Mar 2021 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Bidders have been sought for the £115m A9 Dualling programme, which will see around six miles of stretch between Tomatin and Moy being upgraded to dual carriageway from single carriageway.

This route is located around 13 miles south of Inverness. It is the northerly section of the Scottish Government’s £3bn programme to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness.

Transport Scotland has published the Made Orders for the scheme.

Following completion, this scheme will lead to almost 20 miles of continuous dual carriageway south of the city of Inverness.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “It’s particularly pleasing to announce that the next phase of A9 Dualling will be the stretch between Tomatin to Moy. When complete, it will result in nearly 20 miles of continuous dual carriageway to the south of Inverness, allowing safer, more reliable and shorter journey times. More immediately, this investment will provide a vital boost to the construction industry as we support its recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The publication of the Made Orders for the scheme represents another milestone towards dualling the A9 between Perth and Inverness, one of the biggest transport infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history.”

Transport Scotland commenced the procurement of the construction contract with the publication of a Prior Information Notice.

The contract is expected to be awarded in the second half of 2022.

Meanwhile, ground investigation works will advance over the coming months, subject to Covid-19.

Matheson added: “Although the design and development process has been somewhat protracted by the impacts of Covid-19, we are continuing to ensure that local communities have their chance to input and to the final design.

“Market consultation is currently underway on the remainder of the programme. We expect this process to conclude in summer 2021.

“It is important to remember this is an incremental programme, which is already starting to deliver with the section between Kincraig and Dalraddy already complete and construction of the section between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam is well on target to be completed in the winter.”

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Image: The project involves upgrading approximately six miles of existing single carriageway to an all-purpose dual carriageway. Credit: Transport Scotland

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