Publised date : 23 Oct 2023

John Swinney, MSP for Perthshire North, has tonight called on SGN to stop work on the gas pipeline replacement project that has caused huge delays on the A9.
SGN’s work, which started today and involved the digging up of part of the A9, led to traffic being tailed back between Ballinluig and Dunkeld. Constituents have also contacted Mr Swinney to inform him that the travel time from Perth to Pitlochry was taking up to three hours. The work is scheduled to last 18 weeks.
 Commenting, Mr Swinney said: “The delays caused by SGN’s pipeline replacement works are completely unacceptable.

“My inbox has been inundated with constituents who have been affected by this poorly thought-out project. Whether it is school children not getting home until 6:30pm, emergency workers being stuck in traffic or local businesses being unable to welcome visitors, this level of disruption is utterly unsustainable.

“I have written to SGN management to demand that, until such times as a more practical plan can be put in place, this work is immediately halted. It is inconceivable to imagine the chaos that the current arrangement would cause if it were to run for the full 18 weeks.” 

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