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A9 Berriedale Braes improvement scheme

This scheme is on the A9 in Caithness, north of Helmsdale and south of Dunbeath.

In Preparation

Location plan - click for larger version

The difficult topography means that two HGVs driving in opposite directions cannot pass on the hairpin bend as one vehicle takes up most of the carriageway in order to negotiate the bend.

The purpose of the scheme is to remove the hairpin bend and improve the alignment.

When completed, the scheme will improve journey time reliability  and road safety by removing the need for vehicles to slow down or stop to negotiate the bend.

Road safety issues at Berriedale Braes were highlighted in May 2010 when a serious accident was avoided when the barrier on the bend stopped a school bus from going over the edge.


Aerial view

Transport Scotland continues to work closely with the following funding Partners to progress this project:

  • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
  • The Highland Council

Made orders were published on 24 March 2017.

Impact on travellers

As most of the construction work will take place off-line, it is anticipated that disruption to traffic will be limited to periods when connections to the A9 trunk road are being built.

The environmental impact of the scheme will be assessed in detail as this scheme progresses including proposed mitigation measures.

Draft Orders

Draft Orders were published on 21 November 2014.

Public exhibition

A public exhibition following publication of the draft Order Material was held on 26 November 2014 at:

The Berriedale Parish Church

Public Local Inquiry

The Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) held a Public Local Inquiry into the A9 Berriedale Braes scheme  proposals in April 2016.

Made Orders

Made Orders were published on 24 March 2017.

The M9/A9 Trunk Road (Berriedale Braes Improvement)(Trunking) Order 2017

The M9/A9 Trunk Road (Berriedale Braes Improvement)(Side Roads) Order 2017

The M9/A9 Trunk Road (Berriedale Braes Improvement) Compulsory Purchase Order 2017

Copies of the made Order material will be available to view from 24 March 2017 to 5 May 2017 at the following display locations during normal business hours:

  • Transport Scotland, Reception, 9th Floor, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow, G4 0HF;
  • Highland Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX;
  • Dunbeath Post Office, Caithness, KW6 6EA;
  • Highland Council Service Point, Golspie, Olsen House, Main Street, KW10 6RA;
  • Highland Council Service Point, Thurso, Rotterdam Street, KW14 8AB; and
  • Highland Council Service Point, Wick, Girnigoe Street, KW1 4HW.


For more information please contact:

Major Transport Infrastructure Projects (MTRIPS)
Transport Scotland
Buchanan House
58 Port Dundas Road
Telephone: 0141 272 7100

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