Whole of A9 should be dualled, says report- The Courier

Paul Reoch, The Courier, 29 June 2009

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An independent think tank has called for dualling of the entire A9 from Perth to Inverness.

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Reform Scotland has asked for immediate action to be taken on the road, which has been branded “Scotland’s most dangerous.”

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The aim of the in-depth report, Power To Connect, is to set out how Scotland could make a generational transformation of the transport network by implementing strategic national projects.

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The report states, “There are currently plans to turn parts of the A9 between Perth and Inverness into a dual carriageway and A96 from Aberdeen to Inverness is going to be upgraded with bypasses and overtaking opportunities. We would recommend that the A96 and A9 are upgraded to complete dual carriageways along their entire lengths as soon as possible.”

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The report finds favour from Murdo Fraser, MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, who has campaigned for the dualling of the A9.

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Mr Fraser believes the conclusions to the report give further weight to the case for major investment into the A9 to dual the road in its entirety from Perth to Inverness.

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“I welcome the report from Reform Scotland, which supports the dualling of the A9,” he told The Courier.

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“I believe that the A9 is completely inadequate to handle the volume of traffic that flows on the road and is holding back the economic development of the Highlands and Perthshire.

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“This report makes it clear that dualling the A9 is in the national interest and the sooner it is done the better.”

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He criticised the Scottish Government for not acting sooner.

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“It is extremely frustrating and disappointing that the SNP government will not commit a timetable to dualling the A9 in its entirety between Perth and Inverness when more and more reports state that the A9 is holding back the economy and is a danger road,” he added.

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“Road users of the A9 want to know what steps are being taken to improve the road as they are paying record sums in taxation yet are seeing little improvement to the transport network.

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“I urge all users of the A9 to put pressure on the SNP government to dual the A9 and sign my online petition at www. dualtheA9.com”

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Reform Scotland is an independent, non-party think tank with its funding coming from individuals, charitable trusts or companies that share its aims.