A9 Dalwhinnie junction options revealed
Transport Minister unveils plans to be shown at public exhibitions.
Keith Brown was in Badenoch today to unveil a series of access and junction options for the A9 at Dalwhinnie, part of the Scottish Government’s £3 billion project to dual the road between Perth and Inverness.
The plans, which also include a number of fly-throughs, are part of the six-mile stretch to be dualled between Dalwhinnie and Crubenmore, and Mr Brown is seeking vital feedback from the local community before a preferred design option is selected next year.
Mr Brown also welcomed the publication of the first A9 dualling newsletter, which will provide regular updates on the dualling programme as the design and construction work is stepped up over the next few years.
Speaking from Dalwhinnie, the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities said:
“We are determined to press ahead with the largest and most ambitious of the Scottish Government’s infrastructure programmes, with construction work on the first of the A9 dualling schemes between Kincraig and Dalraddy expected to begin this summer.
“With average speed cameras already helping to make positive changes to driver behaviour, we are determined to progress the work to dual the A9, a key part of our wider strategy to improve the safety and performance of Scotland’s longest trunk road.
“We are making good headway with the dualling programme, and I have seen for myself the 15 impressive design options being considered for junctions as part of the design work to dual the A9 at Dalwhinnie, giving the local community a series of early options to consider. I was particularly impressed with the fly-through images which give road users a real sense of what the new upgraded road could look like and how local access onto and around the A9 might work.
“These are key considerations as we take forward plans and, as consultation is at the heart of the A9 dualling programme, we would like the community’s thoughts as we narrow down the options to be taken to the next phase of development. As well as public exhibitions, we will also be hosting a series of drop-in sessions where the public can come along and meet with the design consultants on a one-to-one basis.
“As a further sign of our commitment to engage with local communities and road users, I am delighted that we are also publishing the first edition of a regular A9 dualling newsletter which will be sent to anyone who has expressed an interest in the dualling programme and will also be available in libraries along the route and on the A9 dualling website.”
Options include a new junction at the north of the village, a new junction towards the south or a split junction where Dalwhinnie can be entered from one end and exited from the other.
Details of the A9 Dalwhinnie junction options will be available on 9 March at: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/project/a9-dalwhinnie-crubenmore.
Fly-through videos are available on Transport Scotland's YouTube channel:
The details of the A9 Dualling – Dalwhinnie junction options public exhibitions are as follows:
Location: Dalwhinnie Village Hall, Dalwhinnie.
Monday 9 March 2014 Public exhibition - 12 noon to 8.30pm
Tuesday 10 March 2014 Public exhibition / drop-in - 10am to 4pm
Jacobs will also host a series of drop-in sessions for local communities on behalf of Transport Scotland covering the five dualling schemes that they are designing.
Details of the 2015 drop-in sessions include:
Tuesday 10 March 2015: Tay Crossing to Ballinluig scheme: to be held in Mid Atholl Hall, Ballinluig from 3.30pm to 7.00pm
Thursday 12 March 2015: Pitlochry to Killiecrankie scheme: to be held in The Tryst, Church of Scotland, Pitlochry from 4pm to 7.00pm
Tuesday 17 March 2015: Pitagowan to Glengarry scheme: to be held in The Atholl Arms Hotel, Blair Atholl from 3.30pm to 7.00pm
Wednesday 18 March 2015: Pass of Birnam to Tay Crossing scheme: to be held in the Birnam Institute (“Quiet Area” – Mezzanine level) from 3pm to 7.30pm
Tuesday 24 March 2015: Killiecrankie to Pitagowan scheme: to be held in Killiecrankie Village Hall from 3.30pm to 7.00pm
Representatives from Jacobs will be available to discuss any concerns and to provide information on the on-going development of the dualling proposals. The programme for future dates will be advertised in due course.
Drop-in sessions covering the central and northern sections will begin later this year.
Details of the A9 Dualling Programme can be found at: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/project/a9-dualling-perth-inverness
The A9 Dualling Programme design work is being taken forward by three design consultancies:
Southern Section – Pass of Birnam to Glen Garry: Jacobs
Central Section – Glen Garry to Dalraddy: CH2MHILLFairhurst (CFJV)
Northern Section – Dalraddy to Inverness: Akins/Mouchel