This 9.5km stretch between Glen Garry and Dalwhinnie is being upgraded to dual carriageway as part of a wider programme to improve the A9 between Perth and Inverness.

We have completed DMRB (Design Manual for Roads and Bridges) Stage 3 and published the draft Orders and Environmental Statement for the project for formal comment on 19 December 2017.

The draft road Orders define the line of the proposed route from Glen Garry to Dalwhinnie with the draft Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) defining the extent of the land required to deliver the project. Representations in relation to the draft Orders, including objections, were invited to be made in writing to Transport Scotland by 13 February 2018.

A Public Local Inquiry (PLI) was not required for the project, however a number of objections not withdrawn were considered by the Reporter appointed by the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) of the Scottish Government. The Reporter issued his report to Scottish Ministers in February 2019.

Scottish Ministers published their decision notice in May 2019 which concluded that the Orders should be made.

The Road Orders and Compulsory Purchase Order were made on 1 July 2021 and came into force on 30 July 2021.

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.

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

Public exhibitions - January 2018

Public exhibitions were held on 17 and 18 January 2018 to give local communities and road users the opportunity to see and comment on our proposals for the dualling project between Glen Garry and Dalwhinnie following the publication of draft Orders in December 2017.

November 2016

June 2015

Designing the route

For this particular section the following are being considered as part of the ongoing design process:

  • the junction at Dalnaspidal
  • SSE’s upgrade to the high voltage Beauly to Denny power line – it runs parallel to and in close proximity to the A9 for approximately 22 km
  • this section is one of the most environmentally constrained areas of the A9 corridor due to various designations (SAC (Special Area of Conservation), SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), SPA (Special Protection Area)) through the Drumochter Hills
  • landscape quality of the Cairngorms National Park.