A9 Berriedale Braes Improvement Project


The difficult topography meant that two HGVs driving in opposite directions could not pass on the hairpin bend as one vehicle took up most of the road in order to negotiate the bend.

The purpose of the scheme was to remove the hairpin bend and improve the alignment of the carriageway. The travelling public will now enjoy a safer and more comfortable travel experience on this stretch of the A9.

The new road opened to road users on 21 August 2020 - which has improved journey times and road safety by removing the need for vehicles to slow down or stop to negotiate the bend.

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Impact during construction

The road opened to road users in August 2020. The Contractor will remain on site for a brief period to undertake finishing work and seasonal landscaping work.

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

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

Scott Marr
Community Liaison Officer
Telephone: 0203 297 7161

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.