Date lodged: 11 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking alongside Transport Scotland to ensure that the dualling of the A9, and particularly its crossing of the River Spey, enhances the nature conservation value and ecological connectivity of the Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve, River Spey Special Area of Conservation and River Spey - Insh Marshes Special Protection Area.
Answered by: Keith Brown 26 January 2017
Transport Scotland is currently undertaking an options assessment of the dualling over the River Spey. Options are being assessed across a range of engineering and environmental criteria to determine the best overall solution for this section of the dualling.
Across the A9 dualling programme Transport Scotland is working with Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Historic Environment Scotland and the Cairngorms National Park Authority to ensure that the full range of environmental effects of the programme, not just ecology and nature conservation, are properly addressed and adequately considered as part of all decision making processes.