Luncarty to Pass of Birnam - A9 Dualling

Three overnight closures of the A9

Three overnight closures of the A9 north of Perth, between Luncarty Junction and the A923 Dunkeld Junction, northbound and southbound, are planned from 8:30pm to 6am on the following nights:

  • Monday 29 July 2019
  • Tuesday 30 July 2019
  • Wednesday 31 July 2019

Map showing diversion routes

These closures are required to safely lift and install the precast concrete beams that will form the deck of the overbridge at the new Stanley/Tullybelton Junction.

A crane will be used to lift the beams into place over the existing A9 carriageway. The planned closures of the A9 have been scheduled overnight to minimise the impact to road users following consultation with key stakeholders including Police Scotland, BEAR Scotland and Perth & Kinross Council. All A9 traffic should follow the signed diversion routes as outlined on the map above.

Temporary mini-roundabout south of Bankfoot South Junction

A temporary mini roundabout is being installed on the A9 south of Bankfoot South Junction as part of the A9 Dualling: Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project.

Location of mini-roundabout drawn onto photo

As part of the next phase of traffic management, the mini roundabout  will help manage the safe flow of traffic during construction of the new dual carriageway.

The temporary mini roundabout is anticipated to be open to traffic from 25th June 2019, subject to weather and is expected to be in operation until Spring 2020.

Traffic management on approach to the roundabout will include a reduced speed limit of 30 mph, rumble strips and signage to alert drivers to the new road layout.

We anticipate that the installation of the temporary mini roundabout will increase the average journey time through the works by around 15 minutes at peak times during the day. However, during the height of summer, these times may be extended by traffic attending events in the area.

We will continue to monitor the flow of traffic on approach to the roundabout with real-time journey information displayed on both approaches.

Overnight traffic signals during summer months

Overnight traffic signals will be in place from Tuesday 28 May for approximately 9 weeks.  

This traffic management, including temporary lane closures and a 30mph speed restriction through the two-way traffic signals, is required to undertake works to divert existing BT utilities and to prepare for our next phase of works at Tullybelton junction.

To minimise disruption to road users, these works have been scheduled overnight between 8pm and 6am (Monday – Friday only) weather permitting. Road users are being advised to allow additional time for their journey and take care on approach as traffic management layouts will change throughout this period.

As the locations of these overnight traffic signals will vary throughout the summer, road users are advised to check the Traffic Scotland and Transport Scotland websites for the latest traffic information.

For further information regarding traffic management and live traffic up-dates, please refer to the Traffic Scotland website.

Traffic management for duration of project

Major traffic management will be in place on the A9 between Luncarty and the Pass of Birnam in both directions to allow construction works to dual the carriageway to progress.

Showing the narrowing of lanes between Luncarty and Birnam

Traffic restrictions including narrow lanes and temporary safety cameras to enforce a reduced speed limit of 40mph through the works area will be implemented from Monday 4th February 2019.

The traffic management installation will take place overnight from 7:30pm to 6:30am, from Monday 4 February for approximately 2 weeks.

This traffic management will remain in place until completion of the project in Spring 2021.

How we plan traffic management

All traffic management for the project is planned in a manner that minimises the impact on the local community and minimises delays, disruptions and diversions to existing traffic. To help make sure that our contractor achieves this, traffic management proposals are planned and coordinated through a regular traffic management meeting, chaired by the contractor and attended by Transport Scotland and representatives of Bear Scotland, Perth and Kinross Council and Police Scotland.

Safety of road users and the workforce through the construction area is a key priority for Transport Scotland, so we work closely with our contractor, Balfour Beatty to ensure that their proposals reflect this, in addition to keeping disruption to a minimum.

As the project develops, updates on major temporary traffic management to allow construction of the project to progress, will be provided here. The dates given are as accurate as possible, but are subject to change at short notice.

For enquiries relating to traffic management, please contact Balfour Beatty on 0800 193 7313 or email,


Start date 4 Feb 2019 End date 1 Jun 2021 Projects