SMEs wanted for A9 work


Transport Scotland has started a search for small- and medium-sized contractors to carry out advance works in preparation for future construction on the A9.

The main contract for the £100m 9.5km section between Luncarty to Birnam is expected to start by the end of this year. The Prior Information Notice was published today (Thursday) with a Contract Notice due to follow in the coming weeks.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “Work is also underway to identify contractors to carry out a series of advanced works across the entire route in preparation for future construction. These opportunities are expected to be of particular interest to small- to medium-sized businesses including those based locally who would like to be part of this innovative and ambitious programme.”

Design work continues across the rest of the route between Perth and Inverness with a series of exhibitions kicking off this week showing the preferred routes for the 24km Dalraddy to Slochd and the 16km Crubenmore to Kincraig schemes of the A9 dualling programme.

Economy secretary Keith Brown (right) said: “We remain on schedule to open the 7.5km stretch of upgraded road between Kincraig and Dalraddy this summer, bringing huge benefits to motorists using the A9. And I am also delighted to see rapid progress being made to identify the preferred route for the entire programme.

“With two more sections of road totalling 40 km identified, over 90% of the dualling programme has now reached preferred route status.”

The £3 billion A9 project involves upgrading 80 miles of single carriageway by 2025.



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Article posted 2/3/2017