BAM Nuttall meets with locals to ‘allay fears’ ahead of £118m project

MORE than 150 people in Luncarty and Scone turned out to meet BAM Nuttall ahead of the firm beginning the build of the new £118 million Cross Tay Link Road.

The project will see the construction of a new three-span bridge over the River Tay and six kilometres of new road linking the A9 and A93 to Blairgowrie and the A94 north of Scone, as well as the realignment of two kilometres of dual carriageway on the A9.

BAM Nuttall hosted two meet the contractor events alongside Perth and Kinross Council’s Perth transport future project team ahead of works getting underway.

In Scone, common questions raised included when residents will get a programme of works for the project and how this will be communicated; concerns about disruption of core paths; and traffic management – particularly around Scone Palace and the racecourse.

In Luncarty, concerns centred on how would traffic management impact on travel times to Perth during construction; what routes for access to the works site will be used; and how will access to fishing rights on the River Tay be impacted.

The sessions were a chance for BAM to address these concerns and inform the local communities on the design, construction programme, and sequencing of the works. Information on progress to date and ongoing early works activities was also presented, including archaeological excavations and site clearance activities.

William Diver, BAM Nuttall project director, said, “With a project of this size there is clearly going to be some concerns about levels of disruption, and environmental impacts so this was a great opportunity to allay fears and concerns that local people might have. Hopefully they will feel more reassured about the project after speaking to us.”

Jillian Ferguson, Perth and Kinross Council roads infrastructure manager, said, “I was delighted to see so many enthusiastic people coming along to find out what will be happening and when, and to see and hear first-hand the benefits this new piece of road infrastructure will deliver for the area.

“The Cross Tay Link Road has been a number of years in the planning and it is great to now be at the stage where we can showcase what the end project will look like.”