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Dual The A9: Holyrood To Debate
Written by Sub Editor   
10 January 2013

There will be a full debate in the Scottish Parliament on the future of the A9 after MSP Murdo Fraser successfully secured a debate on his parliamentary motion ‘Dual the A9 Timetable’.

The motion has been selected for a Member’s Debate on Thursday 20 January in the Parliament Chamber. It will start just after at around 5pm and is open to the public. Ahead of the debate the MSP has called on road-users of the A9 who want to see the road dualled in its entirety between Perth and Inverness to attend Parliament and watch the proceedings.

Full Timetable Sought for Upgrades

Murdo Fraser said: “I hope that this debate will add extra weight to the national public demand for this road to be dualled in its entirety between Perth and Inverness and that a full timetable for upgrades is set out. The Transport Minister has to reply at the end of the debate so we will have the SNP Government on record setting out what action they will take on the A9.
“I hope that families and friends affected by accidents on the A9 will come to Parliament and let their views be known to the SNP Government. A number of families and friends who have lost loved ones on this road have contacted me and helped to highlight the need to dual this road. The courage of these individuals is exceptionable and I have strong admiration and respect for the way that they have handled themselves through the ordeal of losing loved ones."

Accidents reduced and Lives Saved

He continued: “There have been so many tragic and fatal accidents on the A9 in the last few months and we must remember that this road has been claiming too many lives for a number of years. Every accident on the A9 is a reminder that we must see real investment to dual the A9 and reduce its accident and fatality rate.
“I fully accept that dualling the A9 will not end accidents on the road but it is clear that dualling this road will greatly reduce the number of accidents and save lives. Road-users of the A9 and Tayside Police know that the major problems with the A9 between Perth and Inverness are the long and dangerous stretches of single carriageway and the fact that the road continually switches between single and dual carriageway.

" If the A9 is dualled in its entirety then both of these problems will be eradicated and I am sure that we will see a reduction in the number of fatalities and serious accidents.”


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