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Dualling of the A9 and A96

  • Submitted by: Fergus Ewing, Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 23 November 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-11354
  • Current status: Achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament notes calls for the Scottish Government to bring forward an announcement, as soon as possible, in the form of a Ministerial Statement to the Parliament, containing full details of its plans to dual the A9 and the A96; further notes the belief that such a Ministerial Statement on the A9 dualling, which it stated would be provided in autumn 2023, should include a new timeline, setting out by when the dualling of the A9 between Perth and Inverness shall be completed in its entirety and full details of when each of the remaining sections to be dualled shall be dualled, in accordance with a published programme; notes the view that such a programme must ensure that work on the remaining non-dualled sections is carried out continuously so that there is an uninterrupted flow of work progressing the project; further notes the view that the Ministerial Statement should include an announcement that the four sections with made orders, which, it understands, were published two years ago, will enter a formal procurement process, to ensure that there is a continuous flow of work on them, and swift progression of preparatory work on all of the other non-dualled sections; notes the belief that the statement should also include publication of the Reporter’s recommendations from the Public Local Inquiry on the road from Killiecrankie to Glen Garry, which was held in January 2020, and of the Scottish Minister’s decision on the Reporter’s recommendations from April 2021 regarding the Dalraddy to Slochd section; further notes the view that the statement should confirm the establishment of an A9 Programme Board to oversee the swift progression of the project, along with its remit, and that the board should be chaired by the Minister for Transport, or cabinet secretary with responsibility, should include the MSPs representing the parliamentary and regional constituencies which, within their boundaries, have sections of the A9 that have not yet been dualled, as well as senior elected representatives of Highland and Perth and Kinross councils; notes the calls for the Scottish Government to proceed immediately to issue the made orders in respect of the A96, which, it understands, were promised “in the coming weeks” during a parliamentary debate in November 2022, but have not yet been delivered; further notes the calls for the Scottish Government to announce the construction of the section of the road from Smithton, Inverness, to Auldearn, including the Nairn by-pass, with a timeline that sets out when that section of the A96 dualling shall be completed; notes the view that the work on sections of the A9, and the section of the A96 from Smithton to Auldearn, including the Nairn by-pass, can, and must, be carried out concurrently, and further notes the view that it is vital that this first section of the A96 enter the formal procurement process immediately, so that further delay is avoided.

Supported by: Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Annabelle Ewing, Kate Forbes, Murdo Fraser, Christine Grahame, Rhoda Grant, Stephen Kerr, Douglas Lumsden, Edward Mountain, Willie Rennie, Douglas Ross, Graham Simpson, Tess White