Soil Engineering GeoServices

Groundwork contract awarded for Tarbet to Inverarnan stretch of A82

Transport Scotland has announced the intention to award a £3.4 million ground investigation contract to Soil Engineering Geoservices Ltd subject to completion of the mandatory standstill period.

The work is programmed to start in March and is expected to be on site for a period of 18 weeks.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “We remain committed to upgrading the A82 between Tarbet and Inverarnan.

“These ground investigations due to get underway next month will provide the detailed information needed to help inform the development and assessment of the scheme’s design.

“We need to ensure that any future upgrade fits within the area’s outstanding landscape and environment and maintains the renowned beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

“The work we are doing along this vital route that connects the Highlands and Islands with the central belt will lead to improved road safety and journey time reliability and meet the needs of business, communities and visitors alike.”

A720 Sheriffhall flyover contract awarded

Humza Yousaf

A contractor has been selected to take forward ground investigations as part of the work to build a flyover on the busy Sheriffhall junction on the Edinburgh City Bypass.

Transport Scotland has announced the award of a £1.2 million ground investigation contract to Soil Engineering GeoServices Ltd.

The work is programmed to start in January and is expected to be on site for a period of three months.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “Motorists using the Edinburgh City Bypass are well aware of the traffic bottleneck at the Sheriffhall roundabout. As the only junction on the A720 trunk road which is not grade-separated, it is often the scene of congestion and significant queuing, particularly at morning and evening peak times.

“The Scottish Government remains committed to delivering improvements at this busy junction and having let the public see and comment on the preferred option earlier this year, we have stepped up the design work with vital ground investigations to get underway early next year.

“The preferred option will grade separate the junction, separating local traffic from the strategic traffic on the bypass and will allow the traffic on the bypass to flow freely, improving road safety and journey times for all road users. The completed scheme will also include provision for non-motorised users, including cyclists.

“We are taking forward the detailed development and assessment of the preferred option, with a view to publishing draft Orders for the scheme in 2019 for formal comment.”