Progress with Procurement for A9 Dualling: Tay Crossing to Ballinluig
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The Contract Notice for the construction of the £155 million A9 Dualling: Tay Crossing to Ballinluig project has been published today, formally commencing procurement of the fourth section of A9 Dualling.

The announcement marks the next step in the Government’s delivery plan to complete dualling of the A9 between Perth and Inverness by the end of 2035.

The Tay Crossing to Ballinluig project is the first of the three projects in the south section that will be progressed by means of individual design and build contracts. Contract award for the Tay Crossing to Ballinluig project is expected in Summer 2025.

In the north section, procurement for dualling the A9 between Tomatin and Moy is well advanced, with award of that contract expected in early Summer this year.

The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Fiona Hyslop MSP, has welcomed the progress on the Tay Crossing to Ballinluig project, saying:

“Today’s announcement is the first major milestone for the A9 Dualling delivery plan which we announced in December last year. I hope today’s news shows communities and businesses across the A9 corridor that the Dualling Programme continues to be a priority of upmost importance for myself and this Government.

“Achieving this milestone on target demonstrates this Government’s unwavering commitment to driving progress on A9 Dualling and achieving the targets we set in the delivery plan. Following the anticipated award of the Tomatin to Moy contract this summer, construction will roll continually along the route until the A9 is fully dualled.

“Ahead of this procurement, my officials at Transport Scotland have continued to consult with the industry to ensure we are creating a competitive environment through which we can drive best value for taxpayers and deliver the substantial benefits of the Dualling for all those who use this vital route.”

The contract for the A9 between Tay Crossing and Ballinluig is being procured as a design and build contract using Transport Scotland’s new terms and conditions, which were developed ahead of the ongoing Tomatin to Moy procurement.   

A programme of advance works will be undertaken in the coming months ahead of the contract award for the dualling works, to help reduce risks to the main construction contract. These advance works will include additional ground investigation, invasive and non-invasive archaeological works, utility diversions and environmental mitigation works.

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