Bidders sought for £115m Highland section of A9 dualling project
Transport Scotland is seeking potential bidders for the most northerly section of the Scottish Government’s £3 billion programme to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness.
The next phase of the programme will see around six miles of the route between Tomatin and Moy upgraded to dual carriageway.
Transport Scotland has published the Made Orders for the £115m construction contract which, when complete will result in nearly 20 miles of continuous dual carriageway approximately 13 miles south of Inverness.
Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “It’s particularly pleasing to announce that the next phase of A9 Dualling will be the stretch between Tomatin to Moy. When complete, it will result in nearly 20 miles of continuous dual carriageway to the south of Inverness, allowing safer, more reliable and shorter journey times. More immediately, this investment will provide a vital boost to the construction industry as we support its recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today’s publication of the Made Orders for the scheme represents another milestone towards dualling the A9 between Perth and Inverness, one of the biggest transport infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history.”
Transport Scotland expects that the contract will be awarded in the second half of 2022. Meanwhile, ground investigation works, which are a key step towards construction, are planned to progress over the coming months, subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
Commenting on the remaining A9 Dualling programme, Mr Matheson added: “Although the design and development process has been somewhat protracted by the impacts of COVID-19, we are continuing to ensure that local communities have their chance to input and to the final design.
“Market consultation is currently underway on the remainder of the programme. We expect this process to conclude in summer 2021.
“It is important to remember this is an incremental programme, which is already starting to deliver with the section between Kincraig and Dalraddy already complete and construction of the section between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam is well on target to be completed in the winter.”