Update on A9 hairpin bend scheme
The invite to a public exhibition in Berriedale on Wednesday 26 November comes as Transport Scotland publishes the draft road orders for the scheme later this week (Friday 21st).
Transport Minister Keith Brown said:
“The hairpin bend and steep hill at Berriedale Braes has presented drivers, in particular HGVs and other long vehicles with a very challenging road to negotiate – and is why we are working hard towards delivering improvements right along the A9, including at the Braes.
“Our ambitious programme to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness is pressing ahead, with the first of twelve schemes at Kincraig brought forward six months and construction expected to begin next summer. We are also making more improvements to safety of the route with average speed cameras now installed and operational between Dunblane and Inverness.
“We are also keen to address issues on the northern section of Scotland’s longest trunk road. As part of the necessary statutory process for the Berriedale Braes scheme, locals and road users saw our preferred design option earlier this year.
“We want this A9 scheme moved forward as quickly as we can and get a solution in place, and the next stage is to publish the draft road orders. Should the statutory process proceed successfully, we will look to publish the made orders in spring next year.
“I would encourage anyone with an interest to come along to the exhibition, view the plans and provide any further comments.”
Details of public exhibition:
Wednesday 26 November 2014, 12 noon – 7 pm, Berriedale Parish Church, Berriedale, Caithness
Further details of the A9 Berriedale Braes improvement scheme can be found at: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/project/a9-berriedale-braes-improvement-scheme