Date lodged: 27 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it will give to Perth and Kinross Council to assist in dealing with any additional pressure on the area's roads and infrastructure arising from work on the dualling of the A9.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 15 April 2019
Transport Scotland has consulted extensively with Perth and Kinross Council throughout the development and design of the A9 Dualling programme to ensure that any additional pressures on the local road network are kept to a minimum whilst these vital works are carried out.
We place a number of requirements and restrictions on the contractors responsible for the construction of the A9 Dualling. These including minimising traffic restrictions and maintaining two-way traffic flow to ensure that the A9 continues to be the most efficient route to travel between Perth and Inverness by road whilst construction works are underway.
Contractors are required to consult with Perth and Kinross Council, Police Scotland, Transport Scotland and the Trunk Road Operating Company regarding all temporary traffic management proposals in advance of implementation. The contractors also hold regular meetings with the above parties to discuss the operation of existing traffic management.
Furthermore, we have undertaken to monitor key local roads in the vicinity of the construction works so we are able to review the effectiveness of the contractors traffic management proposals as works progress. Through this process, we aim to identify and address any issues swiftly.