Balfour to win £185m dualling contract


Balfour Beatty is to be awarded a £184.7 million civil engineering contract to construct a dual highway in Scotland.

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The Scottish Government will award Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering the contract to dual the A9 between Tomatin and Moy, in the Scottish highlands.

Subject to the successful completion of a mandatory standstill period, Balfour will be awarded the contract which marks the final phase in the procurement process.

Once awarded, the Government’s rolling programme of work will begin.

The programme aims to achieve a delivery plan for A9 Dualling, between Perth and Inverness by 2035.

The dualling works will see Balfour upgrade 9.6 kilometres of single carriageway to dual carriageway, providing 33 kilometres of continuous dual carriageway between Inverness and Slochd.

Last month, The Inverness Courier reported that A9 single carriageways are twice as deadly as dual carriageways as the SNP has come under fire over dualling failures. 

The project aims to benefit communities and businesses as a vital connecting route for the Highlands and Islands while providing safe and efficient roads and greater public transport connections.

Credit: Transport Scotland (Cabinet Secretary for Transport Fiona Hyslop)

Cabinet secretary for transport Fiona Hyslop said: “Major transport infrastructure supports the local community and businesses, providing jobs and delivering economic growth throughout the project and beyond.

“It has been fantastic to see the impact contractors working on the advanced works have already brought to the local community, and I look forward to delivering further benefits to local businesses and communities through our investment in the construction of this section.”

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