A9 Berriedale Braes Improvement Project


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 project will improve journey times and road safety by removing the need for vehicles to slow down or stop to negotiate the bend.

Impact during construction

Engaging with local communities is at the heart of all of Transport Scotland’s major construction projects and will continue to be vital as work progresses on constructing the A9 Berriedale Braes Improvement.

The Contractor has a dedicated Community Liaison Officer (CLO) who is committed to keeping the local community informed as the project progresses.

Please contact the CLO for any enquiries relating to the construction of this project:

Ryan MacLean
Community Liaison Officer
Telephone 0203 297 7161

Traffic management

As most of the construction work will take place off-line, it is anticipated that traffic management will be predominantly limited to periods when the connections of the realignment to the existing A9 trunk road are being built. There will be occasional restrictions/closures which will be advertised locally prior to the works commencing by road signs.

We will make every effort to minimise disruption where possible, however road users should expect some disruption to the traffic flow and should allow additional time for journeys.

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Working hours

The working hours on-site are Monday to Saturday from 7am to 7pm. There may, on occasion, be a need for work to be carried out on Sundays.

Environmental Impact

The environmental impact of the scheme has been assessed in detail and the Environmental Report was published in November 2014.

Community engagement

Document library

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.

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.