Another multi-million pound A9 dualling contract awarded
Transport Minister, Keith Brown, today announced the intention to award the contract for dualling the 32 mile stretch of the A9 between the Pass of Birnam and Glen Garry, to Jacobs.
This new contract adds to the first awarded in May, and underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to pressing ahead to improve Scotland’s longest trunk road as early as possible.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said:
“I am proud that I am part of the only government to commit to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness. This second major contract is another step forward for this mammoth project, and underlines our determination to bring forward benefits to road users as soon as we can.
“This multi-million pound investment also complements other work being progressed on the ground to improve the safety and performance of the A9, with the installation of average speed cameras for implementation this October and ground investigation work is also progressing well on the Kincraig-Dalraddy scheme, which we expect to begin construction in 2015/16.
“Make no mistake, the Scottish Government wants to see improvements delivered as soon as possible and we are doing everything possible to bring forward elements of the scheme. We remain on track to deliver half of the 80 miles of new upgraded road by 2022, with completion expected by 2025.”
Subject to the mandatory standstill period Jacobs will start work on the section of the route nearest to Perth next month.
The third and final design contract to dual the A9 between Dalraddy and Inverness is expected to be awarded by the end of this year.
1. The three design contracts for the A9 Dualling programme, to be let by the end of 2014, will cover:
- Pass of Birnam to Glen Garry – Awarded to Jacobs
- Glen Garry to Dalraddy – Already awarded to CH2MHill/Fairhurst
- Dalraddy to Inverness – Still to be awarded
2. A vital part of the dualling work is engaging with the local communities who may be affected by the works. In common with the previously awarded Glen Garry to Dalraddy contract, Jacobs will bring a dedicated stakeholder management team to the section between Pass of Birnam and Glen Garry to help build relationships with local communities and help guide them through the design and development process.
3. Once the detailed design work is underway, the consultant’s team will establish regular community “drop-in” sessions, building on our well attended exhibitions in June providing opportunities for getting local feedback on our plans.
4. For more details of the A9 Dualling programme visit: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/a9dualling