Dualling of Perth to Inverness A9 to finish by 2025

A9 in the Highlands. Pic: HIE The road will be progressively upgraded to dual carriageway

Related Stories

Scottish ministers are to set out plans to complete the dualling of the main road from Perth to Inverness by 2025, BBC Scotland has learned.

At Holyrood next week the government is to set out a plan to progressively upgrade the A9, year by year.

The move, promised in the SNP 2007 election manifesto, was welcomed.

But Highland Labour MSP David Stewart said: "It would be quicker sending a space probe to Mars and back before the SNP manage to finally dual the A9."

Ministers believe upgrading the A9, currently a mix of single and dual carriageway, is vital for the Highland economy.

Stretches of the road have also seen a number of fatal and serious accidents over the years.

A report commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and transport group Hitrans in 2007 said the Highlands and Islands could benefit from the project to the tune of almost £1bn.

And the A9 Perth to Inverness Economic Appraisal Study estimated the upgrade could cut journey times by 22 minutes and create 724 jobs in the short-term, rising to 4,500 over 30 years.

Highlands SNP MSP John Finnie said: "The SNP has an excellent track record of improving infrastructure across the country, with the completion of the M74 and progress on the M8.

"Where opposition parties have spent years grumbling, the SNP is the only party to take action to improve the A9 with over £50m invested already."

But Labour MSP Dave Stewart said of the SNP: "They have been full of big promises but have continually let the Highlands down.

"It was a key manifesto commitment in 2007 and John Swinney has been holding the chequebook ever since.

"It will be almost 20 years since the Nationalist's promise and final delivery."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Highlands & Islands



4 °C 2 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Dana Lone HillDana Lone Hill

    The Native American names that break Facebook rules

  • Painting from Rothschild collectionDark arts Watch

    The 50-year fight to recover paintings looted by the Nazis

  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back

  • Signposts showing the US and UK flagsAn ocean apart

    How British misunderstanding of the US is growing

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • StudentsBull market

    Employers are snapping up students with this desirable degree


  • 3D model of Christ the Redeemer statueClick Watch

    Using drones to 3D map the famous Brazilian landmark Christ the Redeemer

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.