Commercial businesses and motoring organisations in Scotland are united in welcoming proposed improvements to the A9 announced last week in the Scottish Parliament.
The road which stretches for over 200 miles from Edinburgh in the south to John o’Groats in the north was known as the spine of Scotland until the introduction of motorways and road improvements in the south. However, the stretch from Pitlochry to Perth is still a vital commerce link and thousands of vehicles covered by commercial vehicle insurance use it every day. This stretch not only experiences traffic jams daily but is known as an accident black spot. It is this part of the road that attracted the attention of the Scottish Government’s capital spending plan and the announcement of a £3 billion investment will see the road dualled for the majority of its length.
Although work won’t start for another five years traffic experts welcomed the move unanimously. Neil Greig, from the Institute of Advanced motoring (IAM), said the decision was great news for Scotland’s business community adding: “Our priority has been to see the A9 dualled from Pitlochry to Perth, particularly from Dunkeld in the first instance. This stretch of road sees great ‘platooning’ of traffic behind vehicles and is even greater towards Perth. Traffic builds up – there is a lack of overtaking on some stretches and you have articulated lorries who have a 40mph speed limit holding everyone up.”
The A9 is only one of many road projects the Scottish Government are planning and its long term aim is to have the entire Scottish network of major roads dualled by 2030.