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Shortlisted contractors announced for A9 Dualling Tomatin to Moy project

By Gregor White

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A visualisation of the new 'grade separated' Tomatin Junction which will be upgraded as part of the A9 Dualling Tomatin to Moy project.
A visualisation of the new 'grade separated' Tomatin Junction which will be upgraded as part of the A9 Dualling Tomatin to Moy project.

The shortlist of contractors for the A9 Dualling Tomatin to Moy project has been announced today by Minister for Transport Fiona Hyslop.

She revealed the shortlisted contractors for the upgrade of six miles (9.6 km) of the A9 to dual carriageway between Tomatin and Moy are John Graham Construction Ltd; Sacyr UK Ltd and Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd.

Ms Hyslop said: “Today’s announcement of the shortlisted contractors follows a significant change to the overall contract strategy for this project which uses a different contract form with a balanced share of risk between the contractor and Scottish Ministers.

"The dualling of the section between Tomatin to Moy will not only improve connectivity and safety for those using the route through the upgrading of the single carriageway, but will also include over 10km of improvements to active travel routes including new footpaths and greater connections to public transport.”

In addition to the dualling of the A9, the works will also include:

  • Four new junctions and upgrading of an existing junction
  • Construction of three new bridges, and replacement of the Moy Rail Bridge
  • New active travel routes and enhanced lay-bys with connections to active travel facilities and public transport including new footpaths and new bus turning facilities at Tomatin

Transport Scotland said several preparatory works packages were completed in 2022 and 2023, to "de-risk" the main construction programme.

These works included a contract for enabling works at Tomatin Distillery, a Network Rail contract to replace Lynebeg rail bridge, a Network Rail contract to divert undertrack culverts and an archaeological investigation.

These preparatory works have also provided upgraded active travel and pedestrian routes around Tomatin Distillery, provided a series of educational engagement sessions with schools on archaeology and have created an ecological pond to benefit a rare sub-species of Caddisfly in the area.

The current timetable anticipates an award of the construction contract for the third section of the A9 dualling in early summer 2024.

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