Perth event to highlight “huge potential” of A9 programme to contractors

Keith Brown

An Industry Day is being held on April 10 in Perth to inform prospective contractors of the “huge potential” the £3 billion A9 dualling programme has to offer their businesses.

Transport Scotland will be informing representatives from across the construction sector about the next contract as part of the programme, the 9.5km section between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam.

There will also be information available to small and medium sized businesses on how they can compete to undertake advance works on the programme including site clearance, property demolition, access track construction, signage and fencing.

Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, commented, “The presence here today in Perth of representatives from the construction industry, including many from the local area, really drives home the importance of the A9 Dualling to the north of Scotland. Transport infrastructure is a key area where improving connectivity between our cities, rural communities and centres of economic activity is vital to boosting productivity and competitiveness.

“We have set out our intention to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness and a considerable amount of work is already underway from advance work to ground investigations and public exhibitions informing communities of preferred routes to construction on the ground.

He added, “All this work is tangible evidence of our commitment to upgrade this important road linking central Scotland to the Highlands and Islands and the significant strides we are making as we remain on target to deliver this ambitious programme by 2025.”