The A9 between Perth and Inverness is undergoing a major upgrade from single to dual carriageway. The Luncarty to Pass of Birnam section encompasses 9.5km of the A9 and will be widened as part of the dualling programme, improving journey times and safety on the route.
Why it's needed
Our aim is to reduce journey times and make them more reliable. Alongside this, we aim to improve integration with public transport facilities, mitigate the environmental impact of the road and facilitate active travel such as walking and cycling.
Impact on travel
Road users may experience some delays during the construction period as traffic management will be required to allow main construction works to be undertaken adjacent to live traffic. On completion the upgrade should have a positive effect on driver stress levels.
The existing 9.5km stretch of single carriageway will be widened to full dual carriageway standard, providing safe and guaranteed overtaking opportunities in both directions.
All junctions providing direct access to the A9 will be closed and replaced with two new junctions which will provide safe access to and from the road via slip-lanes. These are known as ‘grade separated’ junctions.
A number of new access roads and tracks will be constructed to provide properties with safe access to the local road network and the new grade separated junctions.
Four new overbridges are proposed to maintain local acess across the A9, along with the widening of one existing underbridge and the provision of a new side road bridge. Other structures, such as retaining walls and culverts will also be required.
The scheme also include:
- two northbound laybys and one southbound, with 70m of parking
- new footways and cycleways, including a new link between Luncarty and Bankfoot
- a drainage scheme developed in accordance with Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) guidance