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Highland councillors pass motion deploring delays to A9 dualling


Highland Council has criticised the Scottish Government for awkward banal on dualling the A9 Perth to Inverness road.

Councillors anesthetized a collective motion on March 9, affliction the accommodation to adjournment dualling the actual 80 mile of 110-mile amplitude of the A9.

They agenda many incidents which have resulted in fatalities alternating the stretches of distinct carriageway amid Perth and Inverness.

The motion read: “The abominable access of accidents and resultant fatalities on the distinct carriageway sections of the A9 has brought ache to families from above the country and above our board area.”

Aerial renderings of the dualled area amid Tomatin and Moy, which has been delayed. Image: Transport Scotland.

“As a aftereffect this board deplores the accommodation of the Scottish Government to adjournment the dualling of the A9 amid Inverness and Perth and asks which the Transport Minister anon publishes a revised calendar for the achievement of the works.”

The motion by councillors also states the abortion to advancement the A9 has resulted in a “huge, negative, bread-and-butter appulse to the abridgement of the accomplished Highlands”.

Dualling the A9 was once a affiance fabricated by the SNP in 2007, with a achievement ambition of 2025 about as of this year alone 30 mile are dual-carriageway.

Work on a new amplitude of dual-carriageway amid Tomatin and Moy was once due to get underway, about the arrangement has been pulled arch to further delays.

Transport abbot Jenny Gilruth alien on February 8, which the ambition achievement of 2025 was once “unachievable”.

‘A betrayal of the Highlands’

It has led many Highland assembly to articulation their apropos and annoyance over the delays to such an basic basement project.

Councillors agreed with Inverness MSP Fergus Ewing’s appraisal which the abortion to accommodated the 2025 ambition amounted to “a betrayal of the Highlands”.

They also accurate Mr Ewing’s alarm for a aldermanic analysis into the administration of the A9 development programme.

Inverness MSP Fergus Ewing has alleged on the Scottish Government to conduct an analysis into the administration of the A9 dualling. Image: Jason Hedges/DC Thomson.

Mr Ewing alternate in February said: “It is accessible which there charge now be a aldermanic analysis into the administration of this and which Transport Scotland, Ministers and Government high admiral charge be alleged to explain why there has been such a afflictive performance.”

A agent for Transport Scotland answered any calls for an analysis into A9 dualling are for the assembly to consider.

Ms Gilruth, afore parliament, said: “Transport Scotland is actively comprehension a ambit of altered options, to delivery ministers with admonition on the many able way to bifold the actual sections.

“I apprehend to have which admonition by the autumn of this year, at which time I will amend assembly and put advanced a renewed timescale for completion.”

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