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S5W-22992: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 7 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what the status is of each section of the (a) A9 and (b) A96 dualling programme, also broken down by how much has been spent each year, and what the budget is for (i) 2019-20 and (ii) future years.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 15 May 2019

The current status of each section of the A9 and A96 Dualling programmes can be found in the following tables.

A9 Dualling Perth to Inverness:

Scheme

Status

A9 Dualling Luncarty to Pass of Birnam

Under construction – expected to be operational spring 2021.

A9 Dualling Pass of Birnam to Tay Crossing

In Preparation – option assessment work on-going with a preferred route option expected to be announced later this year.

A9 Dualling Tay Crossing to Ballinluig

In Preparation – statutory process underway – Public Local Inquiry expected later this year.

A9 Dualling Pitlochry to Killiecrankie

In Preparation – statutory process underway – Public Local Inquiry Reporter is currently considering written evidence prior to submitting his report to the Scottish Ministers for consideration.

A9 Dualling Killiecrankie to Glen Garry

 

In Preparation – statutory process underway – Public Local Inquiry expected later this year.

A9 Dualling Glen
Garry to Dalwhinnie

 

In Preparation – statutory process underway – Public Local Inquiry Reporter has considered written evidence and submitted his report to Scottish Ministers for consideration.

A9 Dualling
Dalwhinnie to Crubenmore

 

In Preparation – statutory process underway – Public Local Inquiry Reporter is currently considering written evidence prior to submitting her report to the Scottish Ministers for consideration.

A9 Dualling Crubenmore to Kincraig

In Preparation – statutory process underway – draft Orders published with objection resolution process on-going.

A9 Dualling Kincraig
to Dalraddy

Complete.

A9 Dualling Dalraddy to Slochd

 

In Preparation – statutory process underway – draft Orders published with objection resolution process on-going.

A9 Dualling Tomatin
to Moy

 

In Preparation – statutory process underway –Public Local Inquiry expected later this year.

A96 Dualling Inverness to Aberdeen:

Scheme

Status

A96 Dualling
Inverness to Nairn (Including Nairn Bypass)

In Preparation – statutory process underway –Reporters are currently considering evidence heard at Public Local Inquiry prior to submitting their report to the Scottish Ministers for consideration.

A96 Dualling Hardmuir to Fochabers

In Preparation – preferred option announced December 2018 with the detailed development and assessment of the preferred option underway.

A96 Dualling East of Fochabers to East of Huntly

Strategic assessment work completed. Route option development and assessment work to be progressed.

A96 Dualling East of Huntly to Aberdeen

In Preparation – route options development and assessment work underway.

Spend on the A9 and A96 Dualling programmes since the Infrastructure Investment Plan announcement in December 2011 can be found in the following table.

Financial year

A9 Dualling Programme

A96 Dualling Programme

2018-19

£56,179,844.95

£13,384,939.36

2017-18

£55,256,961.44

£14,403,218.25

2016-17

£50,286,213.43

£9,718,183.82

2015-16

£39,580,271.17

£4,292,300.22

2014-15

£10,984,698.42

£2,999,789.06

2013-14

£7,253,605.71

£1,696,711.46

2012-13

£2,817,165.24

£497,580.06

Spend on the A9 and A96 Dualling Programmes in 2019-20 shall be managed within the Capital Land and Works allocation of £212.1m as part of the Motorway and Trunk Roads Spending Plans set out in the Scottish Budget: 2019-20.

Budget for future years will be dependent on the allocation of funding from future spending reviews.