A9 Pass of Birnam to Tay Crossing


The project forms part of the wider strategy to upgrade the A9 between Perth and Inverness to dual carriageway.

The completed programme will provide safer overtaking opportunities and, as a result, road users will experience fewer vehicle platoons and convoys.

Impact on travel

Road users may experience some delays during the construction period. On completion the upgrade should have a positive effect on driver stress levels.

Environmental impact

There is expected to be a negligible or minor impact on local air and noise quality, mainly during the construction period.

The landscape and visual impacts are predicted to be of moderate impact with opportunity for mitigation and planting.

The driver experience will be enhanced with this modern and safer dualled arrangement. Pedestrian, cycle and equestrian access will be maintained and enhanced in some areas.

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 and exhibition material from engagement events below:

We held Public Exhibitions of the A9 Dualling proposals in June 2013 and June 2014 at various locations along the route. Further exhibitions will be held as the dualling proposals develop.

In addition to the exhibitions, since September 2013 we have hosted regular “drop-in” sessions in Birnam and Dunkeld. These sessions offer the community the opportunity to come along and discuss - on an informal one-to-one basis - any points or queries they may have in relation to the A9 Dualling Pass of Birnam-Tay Crossing scheme.

For more information on these drop-in sessions, please contact:

Keith Sheridan
A9 Pass of Birnam to Glen Garry Stakeholder Manager
E-Mail: keith.sheridan@jacobs.com
Tel: 07437 435 952 or 0141 243 8533

Postal Address: Jacobs UK Ltd., 95 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 7HX

Previous exhibitions

We hosted an exhibition in January / February 2012 to give everybody the opportunity to see potential route options.

The exhibition boards are available in two parts:

Public exhibition boards part 1 (PDF, 3 MB)

Part 2 (PDF, 4.6MB)

See also the scheme leaflet (pdf, 2.8MB).

Co-creative process

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 / ideas previously suggested by the public:

Any options / ideas 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.

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