A contractor has been named as working on the Perth and Kinross Council’s next key infrastructure projects.
BAM Nuttall Limited have been appointed to deliver the first stage of the project which is expected to take up to a year.
They were chosen because of their commitment to pay all employees working on the project at least the Real Living Wage, as well as taking environmentalist measures.
Councillor Murray Lyle, Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “The appointment of BAM Nuttall Limited for stage one of the Cross Tay Link Road is a significant step forward in the development of this major infrastructure project for Perth and Kinross.
“BAM Nuttall Limited has a proven track record of successful major infrastructure projects across the UK and beyond and I’m confident that the detailed design they create will allow us to meet our key goals for the Cross Tay Link Road enable new, planned and committed developments identified in the Local Development Plan; enable city centre improvements through the reduction in traffic volumes; and reduce journey times for local traffic.”
The Cross Tay Link Road aims to connect the A9 with access to the A94 while connecting an active travel route and improving some of the nearby environment.
Martin Bellamy, Managing Director, BAM Nuttall said: “BAM Nuttall has a proud track record of delivering major infrastructure improvement projects in Scotland and we’re absolutely delighted to be appointed to deliver this vital new crossing.
“Our proposal combined an understanding of the environmental sensitivities of this location with innovative methods that will improve air quality, reduce carbon and boost biodiversity throughout the lifecycle of the scheme.
“We are also working collaboratively with our supply chain partners and engaging with local stakeholders and communities to ensure that we maximise opportunities for local development of skills and employment delivering positive social impact.
“We look forward to working with Perth & Kinross Council to deliver successful scheme outcomes, improving connections for communities along the route and enabling wider transportation improvements in the region.”
However, environmentalists are worried that the investment in the road is the wrong decision during what’s been deemed as ‘the climate crisis.’
A paper from Transform Scotland explained: “Cancelling the projects would free up investment for providing sustainable alternatives to reduce the pressure on the existing roads.”