Route options - Sept 2017
Transport Scotland has agreed to engage in a Co-creative Process with the Dunkeld and Birnam Community to consider route options and ideas to help identify a preferred option for the project.
Some of the route options on the project, up to September 2017, were developed by Transport Scotland and others are options previously suggested by the public:
Any options previously suggested by the public will be considered as part of the co-creative process as well as new ideas that are put forward once the process begins in January 2018. Previous options developed by Transport Scotland may also be considered.
In Autumn 2016, Transport Scotland agreed to engage in a Co-creative Process with the Dunkeld and Birnam Community. The purpose of this process is to bring skills, experience and local knowledge together to reach a solution with the community.
As background, the usual assessment process for trunk road projects is being followed for this project.
Between 2012 and 2014 we completed a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to inform, at a corridor level, where dualling should take place and some key environmental themes or principles we would follow. The SEA helped inform the division of the programme into a series of projects to help us manage planning issues at a local level.
After the SEA we moved to project level assessment work, set out in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB). This involves a more localised assessment of constraints and opportunities and the production of route options and assessment of their impacts.
In this area, as with the other A9 projects, we have been undertaking DMRB Stage 2 (route options) assessments. Some of that work will now be revisited as part of the co-creative process, taking into account community and programme objectives. In order to support the process, and as part of the DMRB work done to date, we have produced our assessment of the baseline (existing) conditions in the local area. This covers the usual DMRB topics.
As part of the initial community led phases a number of questions about the level of assessment to be eventually undertaken have been raised. At the end of the process, once we have a preferred option, we'll produce an Environmental Statement (ES) which assesses the preferred option against a range of topic areas. To help illustrate the level of detail that will eventually be produced, see the A9 Luncarty to Birnam ES. This document is typical of those produced for trunk road, and other developments.