Four shortlisted for A9 Berriedale Braes improvements

Four bidders have been shortlisted for the £9 million improvement project on the A9 at Berriedale Braes and have been invited to participate in the next stage of the procurement competition.

The successful bidders for this key project are: RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd, Morrison Construction, Roadbridge UK and Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd.

This next stage of procurement will see the four bidders enter into a commercially sensitive period of competitive dialogue which is anticipated to last until Summer.

The successful bidder will deliver improvements to the road alignment and the existing tight hairpin bend. When completed, the scheme will improve road safety and journey times by removing the need for vehicles to slow down or stop to negotiate the bend.

Minister for transport & islands, Humza Yousaf, said: “The Scottish Government remains committed to delivering this much needed improvement and today’s announcement takes us another step closer towards delivering these benefits for road users in the North of Scotland.”

Work is expected to get underway later this year.

Quartet shortlisted for A737 road improvement project

A737Four firms have been invited to participate in the next stage of the competition for the A737 Den Realignment project.

The shortlisted bidders for the key improvement project are I & H Brown Ltd, Interserve Construction Ltd, R J McLeod (Contractors) Ltd and Roadbridge Civil Engineering & Building Contractors.

The successful bidder will be required to construct a one kilometre section of new carriageway, to replace the existing A737 between Beith and Dalry, including new junctions.

The works will remove a double bend on the existing stretch of road and deliver safety benefits.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “Work is already underway to construct a bypass around Dalry and today’s announcement marks further progress in improving the A737 for communities in North Ayrshire as well as those road users travelling further distances.”

The contract is estimated to be worth approximately £5m with the contract award expected in Spring 2018.

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A9 dualling shortlist revealed as first section prepares to open

A9 Kincraig DalraddyThe first section of dual-carriageway to be built as part of the A9 dualling programme will be open to traffic in the coming days as companies bidding to construct the next sections are revealed.

Cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, Keith Brown, announced the news during a visit to inspect finishing work on the two year construction programme for the new £35m road between Kincraig and Dalraddy.

The minister highlighted that the new 7.5km section of dual-carriageway will deliver a range of benefits to the public and the Scottish economy.

A9 Kincraig Dalraddy 3Mr Brown said: “When this section is open to traffic, drivers will enjoy safer opportunities to overtake, a reduction in frustration, reduced congestion, improved journey times and a better experience travelling between the central belt and Inverness.

“Building this section first should be particularly warmly welcomed by drivers as it introduces dual-carriageway to what has been one of the longest stretches of single carriageway on the A9.

“It will also make an important contribution towards our goal of inclusive sustainable economic development by opening up our country for trade and tourism.

“This is a significant milestone towards achieving the Scottish Government’s ambitions to introduce more than 80 miles of new dual-carriageway on the A9 all the way from Perth to Inverness by 2025.”

A9 Kincraig Dalraddy 2As work on the Kincraig to Dalraddy section draws to a close, Farrans Construction and Roadbridge JV; Wills Bros. Civil Engineering and Lagan Construction Group JV; Dragados, S.A. and Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering have been shortlisted to construct the next 9.5km section between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam.

Mr Brown added: “Work on the A9 Dualling Programme is continuing at pace, with preferred routes having been identified for more than 90 per cent of the programme, and we expect to award the contract for the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam section in the first half of 2018.

“The A9 dualling programme is already delivering for our economy by supporting nearly 1,200 engineering-related jobs with many more in the pipeline.”

The construction related traffic restrictions on the Kincraig to Dalraddy section will be removed once a range of finishing works, which are currently under way, have been finalised and the necessary safety audits are completed.

The £35m contract to design and construct the Kincraig to Dalraddy section is being delivered by Wills Bros Civil Engineering and John Paul Construction as part of a joint venture.

A737 Dalry bypass contract to be awarded

Transport Scotland is to award a contract to construct the A737 Dalry Bypass to Farrans Roadbridge Joint Venture, subject to a mandatory standstill period.

Estimated to be worth between £34 million and £38m, the contract involves the construction of a four kilometre bypass, which will consist of two roundabouts, at Hillend and Highfield, and a viaduct to enable road users to travel over the River Garnock and the Glasgow to Ayr railway line.

Works are also required to connect the new Bypass to the existing A737 Trunk Road east of Highfield.

A737 Dalry BypassMuch of the construction works will take place away from the existing road and traffic management measures will be kept to the minimum necessary in order to safely complete these critical works.

The JV secured the deal ahead of shortlisted bidders including Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited, Interserve Construction Limited and John Paul Construction Limited / Somaque Engenharia.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “Over the past few months, preparatory works have been undertaken on the site including archaeological investigations, fencing and vegetation clearance.

“The award of this contract, subject to the mandatory standstill period, enables the main works contractor to finalise its designs and establish a base on site before it can begin the main construction works in the coming weeks.”