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 as well as facilitating sustainable development as envisaged in the Council’s Local Development Plan.
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 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.
Further to the completion of the Stage 2 Report, the specimen design of the CTLR commenced in July 2017. The estimated programme for delivery of this phase is summarised as follows:
- Design completed by mid 2019
- Planning application submitted by mid-late 2019
- Procurement of main construction contract during 2020
- Works commence during 2021
- Works completed during 2023
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 are currently working through the design and planning process.
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.
SWECO, on behalf of Perth and Kinross Council, have commenced the planning process for the scheme. Environmental surveys were carried out throughout 2017 and 2018 and consultation with the required statutory bodies is ongoing. It is anticipated that the planning application for the scheme will be submitted by Autumn 2019.
Due to the scale and impact of the scheme it will require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to be prepared and submitted with the planning application. SWECO therefore prepared and submitted an EIA Scoping Report to Perth and Kinross Council’s Planning Department in September 2018 in support of a request for a formal Scoping Opinion under the EIA Regulations. This EIA Scoping Report sets out the key environmental considerations associated with the scheme to help to identify and agree the required scope of the final EIA. This report has been issued to all of the required statutory bodies with comments sought by 17 October 2018. An interactive version of the report can be viewed by clicking here.
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:
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.
Following the consultations the design has now recommenced and will take on board as many comments as possible. There will then be further consultation sessions early in 2019 prior to completing the design by mid 2019 and submitting the planning application thereafter.
Site Investigations & Surveys
Site Investigations are also 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 will be ongoing throughout 2018.
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 video below shows a fly through of the proposed Cross Tay Link Road as well as the A9 / A85 Project which is currently on-site.