Civil engineering contractor BAM Nuttall has reached the midway milestone on the construction of Scotland’s Cross Tay Link Road project.

The project is headed by Perth Transport Futures on behalf of Perth and Kinross Council and began 20 months ago. It is aiming to open a prime development area and divert excess traffic from the city centre.

Scheduled to be completed in February 2025, the project has seen traffic on the A9 road gradually being rerouted onto the newly redesigned road segment.

BAM UK and Ireland COO John Wilkinson said: “The benefits of this project will leave a lasting legacy in Perth in particular, reducing the through traffic which can cause such harmful congestion in the city centre.

“But let’s not lose sight of the widespread positive impact that this project has already had returning over £12m in social value, with direct involvement in 90 community initiatives and engagement with over 3,000 students from nearby schools, colleges, and universities.”

The second phase of the development will involve the completion of some new infrastructure such as the Destiny Bridge over the River Tay.

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In addition, the project’s team will work on finishing the road infrastructure that will divert traffic from the A9 onto the new bridge once it opens.

Work will also comprise constructing sustainable urban drainage systems to improve the ecology of the area and provide allowances for wildlife and biodiversity around the road network.

Perth and Kinross Council leader and councillor Grant Laing said: “This road will change the landscape of Perth; the potential that will unveil itself when the road opens in 2025 in terms of new development opportunities, as well as easing the pressure on the city centre traffic network is incredibly exciting.”