Published: 02/10/2017 09:16 - Updated: 02/10/2017 09:29

Shorter journey times promised as first stretch of new A9 opens

 

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The new dualled stretch of the A9
THE first section of dual-carriageway to be constructed as part of the A9 Dualling Programme  is now fully open to traffic.

 

All remaining traffic restrictions were lifted early on Saturday morning to allow vehicles full access to the new five-mile section between Kincraig and Dalraddy.

The 40mph speed limit was also lifted on the £35million road which splits up what has been the longest section of single carriageway between Perth and Inverness.

Transport Scotland state the benefits to drivers include safer overtaking opportunities, reduced frustration, shorter journey times and less congestion.

The Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown, said: "Drivers will welcome having access to an additional section of dual-carriageway which is the first of many to come as part of the A9 Dualling Programme.

"We expect to be awarding the contract for the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam section in the first half of 2018 as we press on with our programme to build a fully dualled A9 between Perth and Inverness.

"This project will open up our country for trade and tourism, delivering significant economic benefits."

As is usual for projects of this size and type, the contractor will remain on site for a period of time after the main traffic management is removed in order to undertake necessary finishing, snagging and landscaping works.

The Kincraig to Dalraddy route was delivered by Wills Bros Civil Engineering and John Paul Construction as part of a joint venture.

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