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A9 dualling plans bought forward

  • 21 March 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Plans to dual some sections of the A9 in Scotland as part of plans to increase its capacity have been bought forward.

The news comes as Transport Scotland reveals an extra £10m investment in trunk road maintenance this spring.

Dual carriageway construction is set to commence on three more sections of the single-carriageway A9 in 2017, in addition to work on the Kincraig to Dalraddy stretch, due to begin in 2015-16.

The stretches of road that Transport Scotland will begin dualling in 2017 are: the 10.5km stretch from Pitagowan to Glen Garry; 8.3 km of road between Dalwhinnie and Crubenmore, and the 9.3 km Tomatin to Moy section.

Transport minister Keith Brown said: “This is the first time any government has committed to dualling the A9 between Perth and Inverness, the biggest transport project, by cost, in Scotland’s history, and the challenging programme of work remains on schedule for completion by 2025.

“We have pledged to bring forward elements of the scheme wherever we can and we are delivering on that.”

Scotland’s trunk roads are also set to receive a £10m funding boost this spring, in addition to projects that had already been planned. This includes resurfacing the A90 at Stonehaven and major repairs to the Dumfries by-pass.

Transport minister Keith Brown said: “This extra investment will help us will address some of the issues on road surfaces and structures across the country.  It is something that drivers feel strongly about and we are responding to their concerns by using this money where it is required most.”

Transport Scotland hopes to begin a trial of a 50mph speed limit for HGVs on the A9 this year.

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