A9 Crubenmore to Kincraig


The 16.5km road from Crubenmore to Kincraig is being upgraded to dual carriageway as part of a wider programme to improve the A9 between Perth and Inverness.

The preferred route option (Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Stage 3 Assessment) was selected allowing publishing of the Draft Orders and Environmental Statement for the project for formal comment on 4 September 2018.

The draft road Orders define the line of the proposed route from Crubenmore to Kincraig with the draft Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) defining the extent of the land required to deliver the project.

A Reporter, appointed by the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) of the Scottish Government, considered the outstanding objections to the scheme in 2021 and provided a report to Scottish Ministers. The report and its recommendations have been considered and the Scottish Ministers decided in January 2022 that the Orders should be made with minor modifications to the draft Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order.

Further design work is now underway to prepare contract documents for tender to Contractors.

See details of the plans for completion of this project

Community engagement

Community engagement is a priority with all of our projects. Working with those affected by the A9 dualling programme is at the heart of our planning and we regularly run engagement events to consult local communities, road users, businesses and individuals as our plans are progressed.

In advance of the dualling works, a wetland habitat is to be developed at Dellmore of Kingussie. The background, proposals and ongoing work at this site are described in the Dellmore StoryMap.

You can find details of previous engagement events and exhibition material to download below:

Environmental Statement and Draft Orders – October 2018

Details of the Environmental Statement and Draft Orders for the project were displayed at the exhibitions and representatives from Transport Scotland and our consultants CFJV (CH2M Fairhurst Joint Venture) answered questions relating to the statutory processes.

Details of the Crubenmore to Kincraig public exhibitions:

  • Wednesday 3 October – 12 noon to 8pm – Newtonmore Village Hall, Main Street, Newtonmore, PH20 1DA
  • Thursday 4 October – 11am to 7pm – Talla Nan Ros, King Street, Kingussie, PH21 1HP

Public drop-in sessions – April 2018

Public drop-in sessions were held in Kingussie and Newtonmore to provide local communities and road users with an update on the design development since the preferred route exhibitions in March 2017.

Visitors had the opportunity to view and comment on the design development of the preferred route option, including updates on junctions, side roads, accesses and non-motorised user routes. The drop-ins also provided information on the latest plans for a bridge over the River Spey.

Previous events

Designing the route

The project has a number of considerations in the ongoing design process:

  • this section is low lying, passing the towns of Newtonmore and Kingussie, which will require junction provision. It is constrained by the highly sensitive Insh Marshes, and River Spey and its floodplain
  • widening of the 140m, 7-span structure over the River Spey and general road widening north of the structure will present environmental and construction challenges
  • provision of local access and non-motorised user routes.