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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.

Shortlist of bidders to deliver A77 Maybole bypass revealed

An overview of the Maybole Bypass

Prospective bidders to build the £30 million Maybole bypass project have been shortlisted and invited to participate in the next stage of the procurement competition.

The successful bidders for the A77 project are: Farrans Roadbridge, John Paul Construction, R J McLeod and Wills Bros.

This next stage of procurement will see the four bidders enter into a commercially sensitive period of competitive dialogue which will last until autumn 2018.

The successful bidder will be required to build a new 5km off-line bypass and associated junctions. The bypass will separate local road users from those travelling longer distances, including to the ports and will lead to improved road safety for local communities and road users, as well as providing better journey time reliability.

Humza Yousaf, minister for transport and islands, said: “This announcement marks another significant milestone towards delivering a bypass for the town of Maybole and comes hot on the heels of ground investigation work which got underway earlier this month.

“The Scottish Government remains committed to delivering the Maybole Bypass and recent progress will enable work to press ahead in the New Year to bring much needed relief for the Maybole community as well as improving journey times for long distance road users.”

Following the award of the construction contract, work is expected to get underway on the main construction by the end of 2018.

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.

Wills Bros awarded £22.5m Inverness West Link stage 1 contract

(from left) Cllr Audrey Sinclair, chair of planning, development and infrastructure committee; Provost and Leader of City of Inverness and Area, Cllr Helen Carmichael; Jonathan Wills, Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd; and Colin Howell, Highland Council’s head of infrastructure at Dores Road roundabout Inverness

(from left) Cllr Audrey Sinclair, chair of planning, development and infrastructure committee; Provost and Leader of City of Inverness and Area, Cllr Helen Carmichael; Jonathan Wills, Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd; and Colin Howell, Highland Council’s head of infrastructure at Dores Road roundabout Inverness

The Inverness West Link project has reached another important milestone in its delivery as the Highland Council awarded the Stage 1 and Canal Parks Enhancement contract to Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd.

The local authority said the £22.5 million contract represents “an extremely competitive price” and relates well to estimates prepared in advance of the tender.

Arrangements are in hand with Wills Bros to allow an early start on the works which are scheduled to be completed in late 2017.

Cllr Audrey Sinclair, chair of the Highland Council’s planning development and infrastructure committee, said: “This award of contract is a major step which will see the construction of the final phase of the Inverness Southern Distributor Road linking the Dores Road roundabout to Glenurquhart Road. It will provide an alternative east-west route across the city of benefit to locals and the wider Highlands. It will also help relieve city centre congestion and provide new active travel routes across to the sports facilities at the Bught Park from the east of the city.”

Margaret Davidson, leader of the Highland Council, added: “This will provide a welcome boost to the local economy at a time when there are job losses in other sectors such as Oil and Gas. The council’s £1 billion capital programme will continue to support the Highland economy and create the conditions for future prosperity. The West Link project is a key part of helping deliver infrastructure for growth as part of the council’s Highland First commitments.”