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MP criticises A9 maintenance after landslip

the embankment at the a9 south of helmsdale

Scottish MP Jamie Stone has raised concerns over the condition the A9 after a landslip in August.

The Nothern Times has reported that MP Jamie Stone has written to the Scottish transport minister Michael Matheson following a landslide last month.

Temporary traffic lights were put in place on the A9 south of Helmsdale after a section of the road embankment was washed into the field below.

Transport Scotland’s term maintenance contractor Bear Scotland said last week that a geotechnical assessment of the failure has been undertaken and design work is now underway to enable repairs to be undertaken.

In his letter to the minister Stone said: “I travel the A9 between Caithness and Inverness as regularly as anyone and the continuing failure by the Scottish Government to properly maintain and improve the A9 is glaringly obvious. This sits most unhappily with the way the Scottish Government spends big bucks on roads further south.”

Stone added: “There is a growing perception that the Scottish Government has been concentrating attention and cash on roads in the south.

“Your coming north to meet with local communities and to discuss how the A9 can be significantly improved would be a positive step.”

A spokesperson for Transport Scotland told the paper: “The northern A9 is a vital lifeline route which supports commerce, industry, education, health, tourism and the social wellbeing of all the communities it serves.

“Transport Scotland recognises this and, through its trunk road management and maintenance contract, invests significantly in its maintenance.

“Since 2015, £13.8M has been invested in road resurfacing, bridge repairs, street lighting, drainage and safety barrier maintenance, with that figure rising to £14.34M once scheduled works are completed in October.”

 

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