Cross Tay Link Road

The Cross Tay Link Road (CTLR) is Phase 2 of the Perth Transport Futures Project.  This is a much needed new road linking the A9 over the River Tay to the A93 and A94 north of Scone.  It includes realignment of a section of the A9, provision of a new bridge over the River Tay and railway and provision of a new grade separated junction on the A9 north of Inveralmond Roundabout.  This phase will help to alleviate traffic congestion in the City Centre and Bridgend, creating capacity in the city’s road network that will enable a shift to greener modes of travel as part of phase 4 of Perth Transport Futures.  The CTLR will also facilitate sustainable economic development of Perth and the surrounding area as envisaged in the Council’s Local Development Plan.

Route Selection

The route for the CTLR has been in development for over 10 years with the current route corridor being included in the Local Development Plan (LDP) since the consultation in advance of the final approved 2019 LDP.

The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Stage 2 Report was completed in 2016.  This report details the selection of the final preferred route of the CTLR and can be viewed here. The preferred route proposed by this report was subsequently approved at a Council meeting on 14 December 2016 (The Council report can be viewed by clicking here). A plan of the preferred route of the new road can be viewed by clicking here.

Details of the earlier route corridor selection carried out in 2011 can also be viewed in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Stage 1 Report by clicking here.

Following concerns raised by a local community council a review of the alignment between the A93 and the A94 was carried out in order to investigate the potential to move the route further north. This assessment was put to full Council in June 2019 which a decision was taken to maintain the current route of the CTLR.  This report can be found here.

Current Programme

Further to the completion of the Stage 2 Report, the specimen design of the CTLR commenced in July 2017.  The current estimated programme for delivery of this phase is summarised as follows:

  • Site Investigations were completed by mid 2019
  • Planning application was submitted in November 2019
  • A compulsory purchase order for the land was made in November 2019
  • Specimen Design completed by early 2020
  • Planning application decision by Spring 2020
  • Procurement of main construction contract during 2020
  • Contractor appointed by end of 2020
  • One year early contractor involvement period ending late 2021
  • Works commence late 2021
  • Works completed during 2024
Site Investigations & Surveys

Site Investigations were required to inform the design and planning process for this large scale infrastructure project. These include geotechnical (ground) investigations, topographical surveys, archaeological investigations, drainage investigations, watercourse surveys and ecological surveys. These investigations commenced in late 2017 and were concluded in mid 2019.

Consultations with all affected stakeholders are ongoing and the preferred route is being developed into a full design, where necessary, based on these discussions.  The current design layout can be viewed by clicking here.

Design

Perth and Kinross Council appointed SWECO as design consultants for the CTLR in July 2017.  SWECO (www.sweco.co.uk), along with the Council’s Roads Infrastructure Team have prepared a specimen design and completed all surverys and documentation required for the planning process. Consultations with all affected stakeholders have been carried out with the preferred route developed into a full speciment design, based on these discussions. Highlights of the design include:

  • A new post-tensioned reinforced concrete bridge over the railway and River Tay
  • A new grade seperate junction midway between Inveralmond Roundabout and Luncarty
  • Approximately 6km of link road between the A9 and A94
  • New roundabouts connnecting the CTLR to Stormontfield Road, the A93, Highfield (for future Scone North development) and the A94
  • An active travel route for the full length of the CTLR set back from the road and linked to existing routes with toucan crossings
  • An improved corridor along the redundant section of the A9 including landscaping, active travel route and a park and cycle
  • A wetland area to the north of Scone Caravan Park providing drainage as well as an attractive environmental feature
  • A green bridge for connection of ecology on either side of the CTLR at Highfield Plantation Woodland

The current design layout can be viewed by clicking here.

Planning

SWECO, on behalf of Perth and Kinross Council, have prepared the planning application for the scheme.  Environmental surveys were carried out throughout 2017 and 2018 and consultation with the required statutory bodies started in 2017 and will continue through the life of the project.  The planning application for the scheme was submitted on 15 November 2019 and can be viewed here reference no 19/018337/FLM.

Due to the scale and impact of the scheme an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was prepared and submitted with the planning application.  A digital version of the None Technical Summary Environmental Impact Assessment is available to view here.

Consultations

Initial consultation events were held in May & June 2018 where members of the public where given an opportunity to view the current design, meet the Council team responsible for the project, meet the designers, give their views and ask any relevant questions.

The boards  can be viewed by following the links below:

Board 1

Board 2

Board 3

Board 4

The public consultation information leaflet from the public consultations is available by clicking here.  This contains information on what stage the project was at as of May 2018 along with contact details that allow members of the public to get in touch with comments on the current design.

Following various comments at and after the consultation sessions a question and answer document has been prepared which summaries all questions asked and provides answers.  A copy is available by clicking here.

A report has also been prepared which summaries all issues raised through consultation sessions and, where appropriate, how the Council proposes to address these issues.  A copy is available by clicking here.

Exhibitions

A series of public exhibitions were held in August 2019 following the submission of the Cross Tay Link Road Planning Application Notice.  These events provided an update on how the design has developed since the last consultation events in liaison with landowners.  Information was also provided on the results of the Environmental Impact Assessment and its findings.  These exhibitions also highlights changes that had been made to the design based on comments received at the consultations in 2018.

A copy of the exhibition material can be viewed by following the links below:

CTLR Exhibition Boards 2019 Board 1

CTLR Exhibition Boards 2019 Board 2

CTLR Exhibition Boards 2019 Board 3

CTLR Exhibition Boards 2019 Board 4

CTLR Exhibition Boards 2019 Board 5

CTLR Exhibition Banner The CTLR Project

CTLR Exhibition Banner Progress and Project Milestones

CTLR Exhibition Banner EIA

CTLR Exhibition Banner Construction

CTLR Exhibition Leaflet

Following various comments at and after the consultation sessions a question and answer document has been prepared which summaries all questions asked and provides answers.  A copy is available by clicking here.

Planning Application

The planning application for the CTLR is now available to view and comment on here reference no 19/018337/FLM.  A digital version of the Non Technical Summary Environmental Impact Assessment is available to view here.

Land Purchase

As with any road scheme of this scale it is necessary to purchase the land required for construction.  Perth & Kinross Council has commenced the land purchase process and discussions are ongoing with all affected landowners.  The Council will endeavour to make sure that land is purchased by agreement where possible.  The Compulsory Purchase Order for the required land was published on 25 October 2019 a copy of the Statement of Reasons can be viewed here.

Fly through

The video below shows a fly through of the proposed Cross Tay Link Road as well as the completed A9 / A85 Project.