Programme for Government 2023-24 – A9 and A96 dualling

Commenting on the Programme for Government published yesterday, in relation to the dualling of the A9 and the A96 and the Nairn bypass, Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, said:

“The lack of detail in the statement is astonishing.

“The First Minister says his government is committed to improving the A96 – including dualling the road from Inverness to Nairn, with a Nairn bypass, and that his government will dual the A9 from Inverness to Perth but there is absolutely no substance to the statement with no dates or timelines given.

“It’s sweet words from the First Minister to try to appease the people in the north but only real commitment, in the form of a detailed timeline for these works, will go anywhere close to satisfying the communities who use these roads daily.”

Mrs Grant concluded “The launch of the procurement for the Tomatin to Moy section is welcome and we will hold the government to account to make sure we don’t see a repeat of the dismal failure to secure a contract previously.”