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Question ref. S5W-17196
Asked by: Kate Forbes, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 11 June 2018


To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure minimum disruption to travellers using the A9 during works to lay fibre optic cabling alongside the road.

Current status: Answered by Keith Brown on 25 June 2018


Every effort is being made to minimise disruption during these works on the A9 between Kincraig and Dalraddy. In advance of the works commencing, road-side signs were put in place and travel bulletins were issued to broadcast travel desks. The works have also been promoted on Transport Scotland’s website and Twitter account, and information is available on the Traffic Scotland website.

As these works are in the immediate vicinity of the live carriageway, traffic management is essential to ensure that they can be completed in a safe manner. This traffic management has been phased to minimise the impact to road users, with only half of the 5 mile dual carriageway restricted to a single lane and 50mph over the 8 week period.

As a result of this phasing, overtaking opportunities and speeds will be reduced, with the expected impact being a one minute delay through the works over the 8 weeks. I would like to reassure road users that journey times through the works will be monitored regularly by Transport Scotland’s site team.