David Stewart MSP

MSP questions Land Ownership regarding Dualling of A9

Highlands and Islands Regional Labour MSP David Stewart has laid down a further parliamentary question regarding dualling of the A9.

Earlier this week Mr Stewart had laid down questions to the SNP-led Scottish Executive on the A9 – covering issues such as comparison studies with other roads, timescales for improvements and the cost of further works.

Mr Stewart said, “My earlier questions to the Executive prompted the Transport Minister to give an undertaking to dualling the A9 along its entire length, from Perth to the Far North.

“This would be a massive undertaking and also very expensive.

“Recently it was claimed that the Perth to Inverness section would be £600 million on its own but expense is not the only issue.

“My current parliamentary question asks the Scottish Executive what percentage of land required to construct the dualling of the A9 is currently owned by the roads authorities along its length.

“Many roads and building projects have become bogged down over the years as land ownership and purchase issues were sorted out.

“My fear is that the same could occur with any large scale improvement of the A9.

“It would seem that the response of the Transport Minister in promising to dual the A9, albeit without any detailed time-scale, may be an attempt to placate constituents in the three SNP held constituencies through which the A9 runs, between Perth and Inverness.

“I know that there has been talk of the executive cancelling plans for a tram system in Edinburgh and the city/ airport rail link, but what is ultimately important if that we have a properly thought out and integrated transport system, across Scotland.”

Mr Stewart added, “I await a response to my parliamentary question from the executive but I am concerned about possible delays to improvements resulting from land ownership issues.

“The A9 is vitally important for inward investment to the Highlands, for tourism and local use but it also has a disproportionately high collision rate.

“I would like to see further improvements carried out on the road as soon as possible but there must be an appreciation of land acquisition issues.

“I look forward to a response from the minister on the questions I have raised.

“I am particularly interested in a detailed breakdown of the costs, time-scales and land acquisition aspects of improvements to the A9 which I have raised.”

30 May 2007

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