Bids are being invited from civils contractors for the first of 12 schemes in Scotland’s £3bn A9 dualling programme, six months ahead of schedule.
Scottish Parliament transport minister Keith Brown said anticipated savings from the Queensferry Crossing programme, along with the progress of the statutory order making process for the 5km Kincraig to Dalraddy scheme, had enabled the contract to be brought to market start six months early.
Brown explained: “As the Queensferry Crossing rises out of the Forth estuary, we are anticipating more savings being realised next year from the project’s contingencies, allowing us to unlock investment for the A9 dualling scheme now.
“With that investment identified and the progress in making statutory orders for the five mile long Kincraig-Dalraddy scheme, I have given the go-ahead to get procurement underway. The process to select a contractor begins today with the publication of a contract notice worth around £50 million allowing us to be in a position to award the contract and put the first spade in the ground next summer, around six months earlier than originally timetabled.”
Earlier this month, Jacobs was awarded the £60M design contract for the Kincraig to Dalraddy contract.