A9, Keir to Inveralmond roundabouts, schemes, dates, cost and contractors: EIR release

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

FOI reference: FOI/19/00659  
Date received: 07/03/2019  
Date responded: 25/04/2019
Information requested

I’m looking for schemes, opening dates, cost and contractors for the A9 between Keir Roundabout and the Inveralmond roundabout. Would you hold this information and if not where I might be able to find them”.

We clarified the timescale of your request on 8 March. On 29 March, we were able to obtain the information within the following table from our operating company, Bear Scotland. This information was from the start of the 4G Contract for the Management and Maintenance of the Scottish Trunk Road Network in relation to schemes for the A9 between Keir Roundabout and the Inveralmond Roundabout.








New southbound on slip

Third party developer consortium

Not known

Oct 2012


Perth western edge

New slips/connector roads/overbridge


Not known

Jan 2019


Following this, you provided the names of schemes that you were interested in. These were; Dareoch to Burnside, Auchterarder Bypass, Blackford to Greenloaning and Dunblane Bypass.



As the information you requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations.  We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA. 

This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’.  Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.  We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes.  This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

The following table provides some of the information that you have requested.



 Open to Traffic

Dareoch to Burnside

Construction of new road

 October 1986

Auchterarder Bypass

Construction of new road

 October 1983

Blackford to Greenloaning

Construction of new slip roads

 December 1980

Dunblane Bypass

Construction of new road and slip roads

 December 1990


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the we do not have some of the information you have requested in relation to the cost of the schemes and the contractors.  Therefore we are refusing your request under the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs.  The reasons why that exception applies is we do not currently hold this information. However, you may wish to contact Sabre Roads at https://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/ who may be able to help you.

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