Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has called for “all stops to be pulled” in a bid to progress the dualling of a stretch of the A9 that has become an accident blackspot.
The politician, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, wants the Scottish Government to “speed-up” their plan to dual the road between the Jubilee Bridge, north of Dunkeld, and Ballinluig following a horrific fatal accident that took place at the weekend at Dowally.
An 81-year-old woman died in a collision on a single carriage stretch of the road on Sunday afternoon. The fatality occurred when a 4x4 collided with a Land Rover towing a caravan near Dowally.
Emergency crews rushed to the accident but sadly the woman’s injuries were too severe, and she was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.
The road was closed around 1pm on Sunday and did not fully reopen until 9.30pm.
A resident, who lives near the scene of the fatal accident, has spoken of how he would like to see dualling work on this stretch of the A9 take place as soon as possible. He was a survivor of a head-on crash in April 2017 – an accident which took place just a mile and half away from Sunday’s collision and which claimed the life of the other driver.
Mr Fraser, who has been a long-term campaigner for the dualling of the notorious Perth to Inverness A9, agrees with this view and is calling for the Scottish Government to take action as soon as possible.
He commented: “This latest fatality just shows how dangerous this road can be.
“Transport Scotland have said the stretch of road near Dowally is regarded as a ‘key priority’ but it still remains in their ‘in preparation’ stage. I would ask that all stops be pulled in order to have dualling work on this stretch of the road progressed and to start as soon as possible.
“This is the same area that experienced a fatal accident in April 2017 and the resident who survived that crash has stated there has been at least one bad collision since then and the weekend fatality near this location.
“It is obviously of great concern to local residents there and should be treated as a matter of urgency by the Scottish Government.”
He continued: “I previously launched the ‘Dual the A9’ campaign many years ago and was delighted when the Scottish Government announced in 2011 that they would dual the entire Perth to Inverness A9.
“When you hear of another tragic loss of life as happened at Dowally at the weekend I feel it is imperative that the Scottish Government do all they can to begin dualling work in this area of Perthshire. They really need to speed-up work on the stretch of the A9 between Jubilee Bridge and Ballinluig.”