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Early works start for £118m Cross Tay Link Road

Preparatory work for Perth’s biggest infrastructure project, the Cross Tay Link Road, will begin next week.

Following the appointment of stage 1 contractor BAM Nuttall last year, and in accordance with the contract schedule, localized tree removal and soil clearance works along parts of the road from proposed link will start from the end of January to March. Identified trees will be removed in January and February before the start of the nesting season.

The clearing work along with archaeological research is part of site preparation for the £118million Cross Tay Link road. Perth & Kinross Council have applied for basic path orders for parts of the route of the road, which are currently under consideration by Scottish Ministers. Access to all of these main paths will be maintained during pre-works, with minimal diversions put in place only to the extent necessary for the safety of path users during tree felling activity.

The Cross Tay Link Road will create a new bridge over the River Tay just north of the Inveralmond roundabout and a six kilometer stretch of new road linking the A9 and A94 just north of Scone. One of the highlights of the development will be a new green bridge to link the ecology on either side of the Cross Tay Link road, to Highfield Plantation Woodland on the Scone side of the river.

This significant investment will unlock key development land north of the city and redirect unnecessary traffic from the city center. Reduce traffic congestion and associated pollution in the city.

Councilor Murray Lyle, Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “The Cross Tay Link road is an important part of delivering on our ambitions for the city of Perth and the wider region. When completed, it will provide major benefits to residents through reduced pollution and carbon generation and allow us to make active travel and environmental improvements in the downtown area to support residents and visitors.

Engineering and construction group BAM Nuttall will deliver the new road, with main construction commencing in the summer of 2022. Contractor meet-and-greet events are currently planned to provide opportunities for local businesses on this major project. These should take place this spring.

BAM Nuttall’s project manager, William Diver, said: “This first stage of preparation marks the start of a major project to provide infrastructure that will significantly improve traffic flows in Perthshire.

More information on the Cross Tay Link road, which is due to be completed in 2024, can be found on the Perth Transport Futures project website.