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A9 Dualling - River Spey Crossing Options Unveiled

Published: 18 Nov 2015 09:55
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Bridge options to go on display

Examples of bridge options being developed to cross the River Spey near Kingussie will go on display this week as part of the consultation process for the A9 Dualling Crubenmore to Kincraig scheme.

Locals and road users will also get a chance to see and comment on junctions options at Newtonmore and Kingussie. The options, part of the 18.4 km Crubenmore to Kincraig scheme, go on public display in Newtonmore (18th) and Kingussie (19th).

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Keith Brown said:

"The Crubenmore to Kincraig dualling scheme is the latest of the dualling design work going on public display this week.
"With construction well underway on the 10km Kincraig to Dalraddy scheme, the first section out of around 128 km to be dualled, we are now seeking views on this challenging section which includes the River Spey and Insh Marshes both internationally important in terms of their protected environmental status.

"The River Spey is a Special Area of Conservation supporting important populations of Atlantic salmon, sea lamprey, fresh water pearl mussels and otter. Any crossing of the river as part of a dualled route will require either a new bridge or an additional or extended bridge to take the extra carriageway. In developing the crossing options at this point we are considering factors such as the local environment, proximity to Ruthven Barracks and its location within the flood plain.

"Before taking any decisions on what is the most practical and suitable bridge design, we want to hear from locals and road users. We will consider all the feedback received before developing a preferred route option for the section between Crubenmore and Kincraig in late 2016."

Notes to editors

Details of the public exhibitions for Crubenmore to Kincraig scheme:

Wednesday 18 November 2015
12 noon – 8 pm – Newtonmore Village Hall, Main Street, Newtonmore PH20 1DD

Thursday 19 November 2015
11 am – 7 pm – Talla Nan Ros, King Street, Kingussie PH21 1HP

The exhibition material can be viewed at:
http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/project/a9-crubenmore-kincraig

Details of the A9 Dualling programme can be found at:
http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/project/a9-dualling-perth-inverness

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