And finally… Archaeological dig starts in advance of Cross Tay Link Road

Archaeology students from the University of the Highlands and Islands at Perth College will get the chance to uncover some Bronze Ages treasures in advance of work starting on the new Cross Tay Link Road.

And finally… Archaeological dig starts in advance of Cross Tay Link Road

Four archaeology sites with evidence dating back to the Bronze Age have been identified. Work on uncovering their secrets starts this month in partnership with site investigators GUARD Archaeology Ltd.

The dig is part of site preparation works in advance of the main construction work for the Cross Tay Link Road in Summer 2022.

The £118 million Cross Tay Link Road will create a new bridge over the River Tay just north of the Inveralmond Roundabout and a six kilometre stretch of new road linking the A9 and the A94 just north of Scone. The new road will significantly reduce traffic congestion and related pollution in Perth city centre.

Councillor Murray Lyle, leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for students to work on a live project to advance and support their studies. As part of the Council’s commitment to achieve social value from the spending power we have, the Cross Tay Link Road will deliver more than just a new road. These Perth College UHI students are an early example of the kinds of ways in which the people of Perth and Kinross can get involved in this project.

“Over the next few months, we will also be announcing dates for meet the contractor events, which will give opportunities for local businesses within this major project.”

Dan Lee, Lifelong Learning and Outreach Archaeologist at UHI, said: “Hands-on field experience for students is such an important part of their training and this vocational opportunity could well enhance future employment possibilities.”

The Cross Tay Link Road is due for completion in 2024.

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