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Transport minister Fiona Hyslop is to take part in A9 Dualling stakeholder event in Inverness


By Scott Maclennan

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Transport minister Fiona Hyslop to attend A9 drop in session.
Transport minister Fiona Hyslop to attend A9 drop in session.

Transport minister Fiona Hyslop is to travel to Inverness to take part in a stakeholder event for the renewed A9 dualling programme later this month in a bid by the Scottish Government to bolster confidence in its promises.

In all there are five drop-in events between February 14 and 29 taking place in Aviemore, Dalwhinnie, Pitlochry, Perth and Ms Hyslop to take part in an additional briefing in the first event which is in Inverness.

It is understood that Ms Hyslop will make introductory remarks then Transport Scotland officials will provide a briefing on the A9 Dualling, after those attending can ask questions.

Transport Scotland has touted the events as the “delivery plan takes to the road” with communities invited to view plans for completing the dualling at venues between Perth and Inverness in the coming weeks.

The cabinet secretary for transport Mairi McAllan set out the new delivery plan to finish the much delayed dualling with a new target date of 2035 after huge pressure on the government on December 20.

Later the same day, First Minister Humza Yousaf signed a pledge with the Inverness Courier vowing to finish the dualling and concentrate efforts on the Highlands to deliver the infrastructure the region needs.

Transport Scotland’s head of A9 Dualling delivery Gemma Patterson, said: “We are looking forward to meeting with communities along the corridor and answering any questions they may have on the delivery plan that the Cabinet Secretary announced in Parliament just before Christmas.

“We’re keen to maintain regular and open dialogue and continue relationships developed with the communities and businesses as delivery of A9 Dualling progresses in the years ahead.

“We look forward to welcoming people to the drop-in exhibitions.”

The drop-in sessions will be held between 1pm and 7pm at the following venues:

  • Wednesday February 14th - Kingsmills Hotel, Culcabock Road, Inverness
  • Wednesday February 21st - MacDonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore
  • Thursday February 22nd - Dalwhinnie Village Hall,
  • Wednesday February 28th - Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Port-Na-Craig, Pitlochry
  • Thursday February 29th - Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth

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