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Development of A9 from Perth to Inverness: EIR release

Published: 27 Mar 2018

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00816
Date received: 14 March 2018
Date responded: 26 March 2018

Information requested

A complete list of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants that have or will be involved with the development of the A9 dualling from Perth to Inverness.

Response

As the information you have requested is 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.

This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance Transport Scotland does not have some of the information you have requested.

Under the terms of the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs (information not held), the Scottish Government is not required to provide information which it does not have. The Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested because Transport Scotland does not routinely hold details of sub-contractors and suppliers used by our primary contractors.

This exception is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exception. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exception. While we recognise that there may be some public interest in information about a complete list of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants working on the A9 Dualling, clearly we cannot provide information which we do not hold.

However, I can confirm that the principal consultants involved with the overall design of the A9 dualling are:

Jacobs UK Limited
CH2MHill Fairhurst Joint Venture
Atkins Mouchel Joint Venture

In addition for the Birnam to Tay Crossing section where a co-creative approach has been undertaken the following additional consultants are involved with the design process:

Planning Aid for Scotland
Leighton Consulting Limited
Cairngorms National Park Authority
The Children's Parliament

Further consultation work for the dualling is also being undertaken by:

Network Rail UK Limited
AECOM Limited

For geotechnical and ground investigation work the following contractors have been used:

BAM Ritchies
Soil Engineering Geoservices Limited
Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical Limited
Fugro Seacore Limited
Environmental Services Group
Blom Aerofilms Ltd

For land title searching, land acquisition and management and claim evaluation the following companies and organisations are currently being used:

Savills LLP
Morton Fraser LLP
Valuation Office Agency

For the provision of communication services:

The BIG Partnership Limited
TMP Worldwide Limited

For the Academy9 educational programme:

Inverness College (University of Highlands and Islands)
Knowledge Exchange Partnership

For the construction of the section between Kincraig and Dalraddy:

Wills Bros John Paul Construction Joint Venture
JenOPTik Traffic Solutions UK
QMI Scotland Limited
SHE Power Distribution Plc
BT Openreach
Vysionics ITS Ltd

In addition to this I have also attached a list of sub-contractors.

For the A9 Advance Works Framework Agreement:

Lot 1 (a) Crummock (Scotland) Limited I & H Brown Limited McGowan Environmental Engineering Limited Story Contracting Limited

Lot 2 (a) Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd trading as Morrison Construction John Paul Construction Ltd

(a) These companies are part of framework, and are not always contracted on the A9, as this is subject to a further step of awarding a contract. Of the six companies only I&H Brown are currently under contract.

For the advance works for the A9 Luncarty to Pass of Birnam scheme:

Jacobs UK Limited
Lanes For Drains
AOC Archaeology Group
I&H Brown
BAM Ritchies

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Contact

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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Published:
27 Mar 2018
Development of A9 from Perth to Inverness: EIR release