Pete Wishart MP and PKC Councillors visit the Cross Tay Link Road Project
With works on the multi-million Cross Tay Link Road Project (CTLR) now well underway, BAM Nuttall and Perth & Kinross Council have been conducting a series of visits for elected members, senior Council officials, and officers.
Most recently, Pete Wishart MP and a group of eight local Councillors were provided a progress tour of the site.
Mr Wishart commented, “It was fantastic to see the progress being made on the Cross Tay Link Road. This is the single biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by Perth and Kinross Council and it will play a vital role in the future of our local economy.
“I was hearing how it is predicted to leverage £966 million of private sector investment in housing and employment and reduce carbon emissions each year by diverting traffic away from the most congested parts of the city. This will greatly enhance the opportunities for active travel across the area and will help with the regeneration of our city centre.”
Major developments in recent weeks include the contraflow works on the A9 which commenced in mid-April. Since then, progress has been steady with all areas of the project on schedule including surfacing of the new realigned A9, and the landing of the precast beam at the ST01 A9 Overbridge.
In other locations, the Link Road at the A93 junction has progressed with traffic now flowing on the completed first phase of the new roundabout works. Pier piling and foundation (pile cap) works are complete for the new bridge over the River Tay.
Derek Walsh, CTLR Project Manager at BAM commented, “Looking towards summer, we’ll see Phase 1 of the A9 contraflow completed in June, and surfacing works on the Link Road progressing throughout July and August. With the Green Bridge now substantially complete, the team will be moving to finishes in preparation for the topsoil and landscaping in November.”
As well as progressing with construction, BAM Nuttall and PKC have also brought significant benefits to local communities and charities through a series of works-in-kind, gifts and donations, educational visits, and skills development opportunities. Groups to have benefited include Friends of Denmarkfield, Women’s Aid, the Lade Management Group and PKAVS.
Jillian Ferguson, Roads Infrastructure Manager for PKC commented, “We understand construction can be a disruptive process, and fully appreciate the patience of our local communities during our ongoing works. Ensuring the project impacts positively on residents and provides a meaningful legacy is hugely important to us and I am pleased to report we are progressing as successfully with these projects as we are with construction.”
Mr Wishart continued, “I have been watching the recent CTLR developments with interest since the project began. Witnessing the works up close and seeing first-hand just how far the BAM team and PKC have progressed was hugely encouraging and I look forward to driving the new link road on the A9 later this year.”
Perth & Kinross Council Leader, Councillor Grant Laing, said: “It is fantastic to see the Cross Tay Link Road taking shape.
“As a Council we are committed to tackling poverty and creating a sustainable economy. The new road will help deliver investment and jobs in Perth and Kinross, as well as cutting traffic through the centre of Perth city.
“The entire Perth Transport Futures project will transform how people travel in Perth and Kinross and make a huge difference to the lives of our residents.”