First A9 Dualling contracts to be awarded

Infrastructure secretary Keith Brown
Infrastructure secretary Keith Brown

Construction work signalling the start of the A9 Dualling Programme moved a step closer yesterday with confirmation of the intention to award the first major contract to a joint venture of Wills Bros Civil Engineering and John Paul Construction.

Transport Scotland said the £35 million contract for the 7.5km section of the A9 between Kincraig and Dalraddy has saved the public purse £15m and includes widening the five mile stretch of single carriageway to full dual carriageway.

The contract will be awarded in the coming weeks subject to a mandatory standstill period.

Cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities, Keith Brown, said: “The Scottish Government’s ambitious programme for the A9 between Perth to Inverness is now well underway with dualling set to start on this first section shortly and designs now at various stages along the route.

“The ground investigations due to start next month between Glen Garry and Dalraddy will also help inform the ongoing design work for the central section of the A9.

“We have been able to again make considerable savings on one of our infrastructure projects, following significant contract awards for the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project and the AWPR/Balmedie-Tipperty last year, due to our robust procurement process which ensures that all the efficiencies that can be put in place have been implemented.

“The improved road will provide overtaking opportunities in both directions, cutting the number of vehicle convoys and reducing driver frustration. It will also support businesses, communities and tourism throughout Scotland by improving access to and from the Highlands.”

It has also been confirmed that ground investigations work on the central section of the A9 between Glen Garry and Dalraddy is set to get underway soon with the intention to award the £1.1m contract to Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical Ltd, also subject to the mandatory standstill period.

Work on the A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy project will start six months earlier than planned following anticipated savings from the Queensferry Crossing and is the first phase in the Scottish Government’s £3 billion A9 Dualling Programme.

Construction at the southern section of the project will run mainly in parallel to the west of the existing A9, before crossing over and providing widening to the east of the A9 for the northern section of the project.

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