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23 January 2018

A9 dualling proposals

A statement on our response to proposals to dual the A9 between Killiecrankie and Glen Garry in Perthshire.

A photograph of a landscape with a railway bridge running through it.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has today (Tuesday 23 January) responded to proposals to dual the A9 between Killiecrankie and Glen Garry in Perthshire, requesting more assurances around the impact on Killiecrankie Battlefield. 

Although the Environmental Statement from Transport Scotland, which is leading the project, provides information on the historic environment impacts, including an assessment of work carried out within the Inventory boundary of the battlefield site, HES has concluded the document does not provide sufficient evidence to ensure the Killiecrankie Battlefield has been taken fully into account in the design of the proposed dual carriageway.

Despite its objections to the current proposal, HES has, however, welcomed the acknowledgement in the Environmental Statement that the effect of the project will be significant.

Ann MacSween, HES Head of Casework said: "We recognise that the upgrade of the A9 is a national infrastructure project identified in a number of plans and programmes of Scottish Ministers and accept the principle that the project proposal will follow the line of the existing A9 which already crosses the Killiecrankie Battlefield.

"However, we have recommended Transport Scotland undertakes further work to provide evidence confirming that the final route will have the least impact on the battlefield site.

"In this process, our intention is not to be a barrier to development, and we will work constructively with Transport Scotland to consider if some of the impacts can be lessened."

The A9 Dualling Project will be determined by Scottish Ministers. HES is a consultee under relevant Environmental Impact Assessment regulations where developments affect certain aspects of the historic environment - including battlefields identified as nationally important.

HES’ role as a consultee on any such development proposal is solely restricted to commenting on historic environment matters with any application considered on its own merits and in accordance with Scottish Government policy. HES will also consider the proposals in accordance with its own guidance on Managing Change in the Historic Environment, which is available on the HES website.

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