First firms named to widen Scotland’s longest trunk road

June 17 2015  

First firms named to widen Scotland’s longest trunk road
Major improvement of the A9 from Perth to Inverness has moved a step closer with the announcement of a preferred bidder to dual the first of 12 sections making up the £3Bn upgrade.
A joint venture of Wills Bros Civil Engineering and John Paul Construction is expected to be awarded a £35M contract to widen 7.5km of the road between Kincraig and Dalraddy. This section is located towards the Inverness end of the 130km route, which will undergo a full dual carriageway upgrade.
Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Investment & Cities Keith Brown said: “The Scottish Government’s ambitious programme for the A9 between Perth to Inverness is now well under way with dualling set to start on this first section shortly and designs now at various stages along the route.
“The improved road,” he added, “will provide overtaking opportunities in both directions, cutting the number of vehicle convoys and reducing driver frustration”. The upgrade us also expected to support businesses, communities and tourism throughout Scotland by improving access to and from the Highlands.
The Kincraig to Dalraddy construction contract will now be awarded in the coming weeks subject to a mandatory standstill period. This milestone signals the final phase of the procurement process for scheme client Transport Scotland.
The transport agency has also confirmed this week that ground investigation work on the Glen Garry to Dalraddy section of the scheme will get under way soon, with Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical set to win a £1.1M contract. Mr Brown added that these investigations, due to start next month, will help inform the ongoing design work for the central section of the A9 dualling.
(Photo: Transport Scotland)

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