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Published date : 26 June, 2012

The Scottish National Party’s Mr Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, has given a warm welcome to the announcement today (Tuesday) by the Scottish Government’s Minister for Infrastructure, that the £3bn programme of work to make the A9 dual carriageway all the way from Inverness to Perth will start two years ahead of the original schedule.

Mr Wishart said:

“I am delighted to hear that the Scottish Government have announced details of the work programme for the A9 which mean that work on these important improvements will start two years ahead of the original schedule.

“Since 2007 the Scottish Government has invested £50million in improving safety and traffic flow on the A9 and once this programme is completed the road will, at long last, be dual carriageway along the whole of that stretch from Perth to Inverness.

“The A9 is a massively important arterial route running along Scotland’s spine and giving goods, commuters and visitors access to the many communities along its length.

“Any fatal accident is one too many but the number of accidents and the number of fatalities on the A9 have born tragic witness to the need for this work to be done.  I am proud that after years and years of campaigning by the A9 communities, it is this Scottish Government that has put in place the plans, the money and the timetable that will see these important safety improvements brought into being."

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