The Kincraig to Dalraddy scheme will start on site next summer – six months earlier than expected, thanks to anticipated savings from the Queensferry Crossing (new Forth bridge) programme and good progress with the statutory order making process, Transport Scotland said.
Transport minister Keith Brown said: “Dualling the A9 between Perth and Inverness is a huge challenge – some 80 miles of upgraded road, but we are determined to make early wins. As the Queensferry Crossing rises out of the Forth estuary, we are anticipating more savings being realised next year from the project’s contingencies, allowing us to unlock investment for the A9 dualling scheme now.”
He added: “I have always said that we will bring forward the start of construction on the A9 where we can, and today we are delivering on that promise. In addition, only last week we awarded the second of three major design contracts, together worth in total up to £180m, to get more essential preparatory work under way.”