Workers return to A9 dualling project

Four months after stopping work because of social distancing concerns, crews working on turning the A9 in Scotland into a dual carriageway are back at work.

Management decided to stop the work in April but the Courier reports that site bosses have confirmed that teams are working at the Luncarty to Birnam stretch again.

Contractors say “significant alterations” have been made to site offices and welfare facilities to comply with Scottish Government guidelines on hygiene and physical distancing.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson told the paper, “As the restrictions slowly and gradually begin to ease across Scotland in line with Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis, we are all having to adapt our daily routines to a new normal.

“Over the past few months the project team has developed and introduced new ways of working to keep our staff, operatives and supply chain safe, whilst also protecting the communities in which we operate.

“Our project offices are quieter now than they were before lockdown as we continue to ask staff to work from home if they are able. This creates a safer environment for those whose presence on site is essential to the progress of the project.”

Offices and satellite compounds have been reconfigured to include more handwashing facilities and sanitising points as well as physical distancing reminders and, where possible, one-way systems.

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