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Start date for work to dual A9 set for 2017

Construction work to dual the A9 between Luncarty and Birnam will start in 2017 announced Scottish transport minister Keith Brown today.

Brown said the work was a “tangible sign” of the Scottish government’s commitment to the bigger project to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness by 2025.

“Such infrastructure construction projects simply do not – cannot - happen overnight but, as these detailed exhibitions demonstrate, design work is already well underway to allow us to achieve the 2025 target,” said Brown.

He made the announcement during a visit to an exhibit in Perth of the different design options. Designs are also on display for work to duel a second stretch between Birnam and the Tay Crossing but there is no construction start date for this yet. Both stretches together – from Luncarty to the Tay Crossing – will cost in the region of £200M.

The project to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness covers 80 miles making it 16 times the length of the M74 completion project. Since 2007 around £50m has already been spent on improvements to this stretch of road.

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