A9 Tay Crossing to Ballinluig


The 8.2km road from Tay Crossing to Ballinluig 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 31 July 2018.

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

A Public Local Inquiry (PLI) was not required for the project, however a number of objections not withdrawn were considered by the Reporter appointed by the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) of the Scottish Government. 

Scottish Ministers published their decision notice in March 2021 which concluded that the Orders should be made.

The Road Order and Compulsory Purchase Order were made on 27 October 2021 and came into force on 26 November 2021.

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.

Public Exhibitions in August 2018

Public exhibitions are being held in Mid Atholl Hall, Ballinluig on 22 and 23 August 2018 to give local communities and road users the opportunity to see and comment on our proposals for the Tay Crossing to Ballinluig project, following the publication of the draft Orders and Environmental Statement in July 2018.

Details of the Tay Crossing to Ballinluig public exhibitions

Wednesday 22 August, 12.00 to 20.00
Thursday 23 August, 10.00 to 15.00
Venue: Mid Atholl Hall, Ballinluig PH9 0LG

Tay Crossing to Ballinluig Community Engagement Events – December 2017

Community Engagement Events were held in Mid Atholl Hall, Ballinluig on 6 and 7 December 2017 to provide local communities and road users with an update on the design development since the preferred route exhibitions in February 2017.

  • Wednesday 6 December, 12.00 to 19.00
  • Thursday 7 December, 11.00 to 15.00

The events also consulted on an alternative overbridge and junction location currently under consideration for the Tay Crossing to Ballinluig project.

Previous events

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

A public exhibition was held in Mid Atholl Hall Ballinluig on 9 & 10 June 2015 to let the public view and comment on initial design work, including route options, for the Tay Crossing to Ballinluig dualling project.

Designing the route

The section of the A9 between the Tay Crossing and Ballinluig presents some challenges including:

  • the southern extent of this section has historical landslide problems including where a landslide event occurred on the steep hillside opposite the River Tay
  • the railway and a number of isolated properties are also located in close proximity to various sections of the road
  • environmental factors such as the River Tay flood plain, listed buildings, ancient woodland and conservation areas along the route.

Following considerable assessment work a preferred route option with online widening has been announced.

Read about how this decision was made using the documents below: