Significant interest in A9 Dualling design work

Representatives from 26 consultancy companies are in Perth today (28 May) to find out more about A9 dualling opportunities.

Transport Scotland is hosting the Industry Day to inform the engineering consultancy market about business opportunities available through their ambitious £3 billion A9 dualling programme

Three separate large design contracts, each with a value of £40 - £60 million, are on offer - covering the A9 between Perth and Inverness as follows:

  • Birnam to Glen Garry
  • Glen Garry to Dalraddy
  • Dalraddy to Inverness

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“This £3 billion complex and challenging programme will be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history. The sheer scale, 80 miles of dual carriageway, makes it good business and value for money to split this design work into three large sections.

"I welcome the keen interest from the consulting engineering industry in this project and look forward to seeing that evidenced when the OJEU for the three design contracts issues this Summer.

“These contracts will provide steady work for the next 12 years for the three successful bidders – providing much needed certainty and helping to secure jobs. In addition, these commissions are likely to offer many opportunities for small and medium enterprises through sub-consultancy work.‪

“Just under a year ago we set out our plans to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness by 2025. Next week Transport Scotland will be holding a series of public exhibitions to update the public on how we have been progressing various strands of the A9 dualling work.

“I would encourage everyone with an interest to come along to one of the venues and comment on the developing programme.”

As part of the ongoing development of the wider A9 Dualling programme, Transport Scotland are holding a series of public exhibitions in a number of venues in the weeks beginning 3 and 10 June.

The exhibitions will give the public the opportunity to view information for the dualling programme as well as the preferred dualling routes for the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam and Kincraig to Dalraddy sections. They will also provide an update on the design work being undertaken on the challenging Birnam to Tay Crossing section.

Notes to editors

1. The public exhibitions will take place as follows:

  • Monday 3 June, 11.30am – 7.30pm: Aviemore Community Centre, Muirton, Aviemore, PH22 1SF
  • Wednesday 5th June, 11.30am – 7.30pm: Kincraig Community Hall, Suidhe Crescent, Kincraig, PH21 1NB
  • Thursday 6th June, 11.30am – 7.30pm, Birnam Arts and Conference Centre, Station Road, Birnam, PH8 0DS
  • Friday 7th June, 11.30am – 7.30pm, Talla nan Ròs, King Street, Kingussie, PH21 1HW
  • Monday 10th June, 11.30am – 7.30pm, Inverness Town House, High Street, Inverness, IV1 1JJ
  • Wednesday 12th June, 11.30am – 7.30pm, Bankfoot Church Centre, Tulliebelton Road, Bankfoot, PH1 4BS
  • Thursday 13th June, 11.30am – 7.30pm, Pitlochry Town Hall, West Moulin Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5EA
  • Friday 14th June, 11.30am – 7.30pm, Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, PH2 0TH

Published 28 May 2013