Halcrow will carry out preliminary strategic environmental assessment and Jacobs will carry out preliminary engineering work for dualling 80 miles of the the A9 between Perth and Inverness. The Scottish government is aiming to have the widening all completed by 2025.
Transport minister Keith Brown said: “This £3bn complex and challenging programme will be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history and will ensure safer roads, less congestion and a better quality of life for road users and local communities.
“We are the first government to commit to a full A9 dualling programme. This commitment will deliver major economic benefits to road users, businesses, communities and industry who live along or use this important lifeline route between central Scotland and the Highlands and Islands.
“This will also be the first time that the whole A9 corridor between Perth and Inverness has been looked at. The work these contractors are undertaking will give Transport Scotland a much fuller understanding of the route and set the foundations for the detailed design.” Mr Brown added: “The project is further evidence of the Scottish government’s commitment to supporting the economy by competently delivering major infrastructure projects.”