Phase 1 - A9/A85 Junction Improvement and Link Road to Bertha Park
Phase 1 of the Perth Transport Futures Project will provide a new link road from the A85 Crieff Road across the A9 dual carriageway and River Almond into Bertha Park. This link road will also provide the required access to the proposed new secondary school at Bertha Park. It will also provide some immediate benefits for access to and from the Industrial Estate and at Inveralmond Roundabout.
The scheme will also deliver a number of measures and improvements for pedestrians and cyclists. These include a shared use cycle/footway over the whole length of the new link road, a new footbridge over the A9 at a point north of the new grade separated junction, the creation of a path adjacent to the diverted Lade and Toucan facilities at all new traffic signal junctions.
Additionally, an overflow car park will be provided at the Crematorium to assist with the management of Crematorium traffic.
There are a number of significant benefits arising directly from Phase 1, with the main one being that it provides the vital first link in the Cross Tay Link Road (CTLR). The benefits include:
- The grade separated junction and link road will provide better flow of local and through traffic and easier connections to Inveralmond
- Pressure will be relieved on Inveralmond roundabout
- Improved pedestrian and cycle safety over the A9
- Expansion of Perth as envisaged by the Local Development Plan
- Opening up of development land
- Increased network capacity and improved flow on the A85
The contract, valued at £35 million, was awarded to Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd on 26 August 2016. The Scheme will employ around 100 people throughout its lifespan, including a number of apprenticeship and learning opportunities.
Balfour Beatty is one of the UK’s largest and most experienced contractors and has extensive experience in major road schemes.
Since December 2015 the Council has been working collaboratively with Balfour Beatty through the Scape Civil Engineering and Infrastructure national Framework. Working through this framework has enabled the contractor to fully participate in the design and development of the scheme. The teams from Perth & Kinross Council, Balfour Beatty and CH2M have worked collaboratively to fully develop the most cost effective design and reduce the project risk.