Balfour Beatty wins A9 Luncarty to Pass of Birnam construction contract

Transport Scotland has announced its intention to award the construction contract for the next major section of the £3 billion A9 Dualling Programme to Balfour Beatty.

Forms part of the £96 million project to dual the 9.5km of the A9 between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam, the deal is the second construction contract to be awarded as part of the Scottish Government’s programme to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness.

Balfour Beatty was appointed from a shortlist of four bidders which included Dragados SA, Wills Bros Civil Engineering and a joint venture between Farrans Construction and Roadbridge.

This marks the final phase in the procurement process which, subject to a mandatory standstill period, will conclude with the contract awarded in the coming weeks.

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, said: “This marks another significant milestone in the timeline of this major transport infrastructure project for Scotland to upgrade 80 miles of single carriageway between Perth and Inverness.

“This investment will vastly improve connectivity between the Highlands and Islands and Scotland’s central belt, delivering far reaching benefits to the wider Scottish economy.

“The dualling of the A9 will create hundreds of new jobs throughout the construction phases which will leave a lasting legacy of a highly skilled workforce, bolstering Scotland’s construction industry. The project will also act as a catalyst to attract significant inward investment and stimulate continued growth of our business communities, especially the tourism industry along this key route.

“The Scottish Government is committed to delivering this £3billion infrastructure improvement project to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness by 2025.”

Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty managing director for Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be part of the major programme to upgrade the A9. We look forward to delivering this important infrastructure project which will bring travel and safety improvements to all road users whilst generating significant benefit to the local community and economy.”

Upon completion of the A9 Luncarty to Pass of Birnam, road users will benefit from 15km of continuous dualled carriageway from Inveralmond roundabout in Perth to Pass of Birnam.

In addition to the construction of 9.5km of new dual-carriageway, the construction of the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam section will involve four new overbridges to maintain local access across the A9, along with the widening of one existing underbridge and the provision of a new side road bridge.

As a result, the safety of the A9 will be improved by removing junctions with conflicting traffic flows and providing safer overtaking opportunities along the route. Together, these improvements will reduce driver stress whilst improving journey times and overall operational effectiveness.

Meanwhile the 15-mile A9 dualling programme route between Dalraddy to Slochd has been confirmed with the publication of the draft Orders and Environmental Statement.

Mr Matheson added: “The publication of the draft Orders for the Dalraddy to Slochd section that crosses the challenging Slochd summit means that we have now published draft Orders for nearly all of the dualling schemes.”

Local communities, on or near the route, and road users will get a chance to see the plans at public exhibitions next month.

The public exhibitions details are as follows:

  • Thursday 20 September 2018, 12 noon to 8.00 pm - Aviemore Community Centre, Muirton, Aviemore.
  • Friday 21 September 2018, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm - Carrbridge Village Hall, Main Street, Carrbridge.

The first section of the A9 Dualling Programme was the £35m Kincraig to Dalraddy project which became fully operational in September 2017, and was constructed by Wills Bros Civil Engineering and John Paul Construction Joint Venture.

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