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Final vote on CTLR next week as councillors advised to approve project

Work of the CTLR is expected to take two and a half years.
Work of the CTLR is expected to take two and a half years.

Councillors will finally vote on whether or not to proceed with multi-million pound proposals for the Cross Tay Link Road at a committee meeting next week.

Phase Two of the project has been recommended for approval by planning officers at Perth and Kinross Council. It includes the construction of the bridge itself and everything require to connect it to the existing roads.

Approval would allow crews to begin work realigning the A9 between Luncarty and the Inveralmond roundabout and installing a new junction on the carriageway.

Also included in this phase is the building of a bridge over the Highland railway line, as well as laying a road from the north of Scone to the eastern shore of the River Tay at Stormontfield where the water will be crossed.

A “green bridge” would span the new road, allowing wildlife to safely cross and if approved, six roundabouts would be installed in this phase, including two at the A9 bridge junction and four along the new road on the Scone side.

The planning and development management committee will decide on Wednesday.

The £118 million poject is expected to take around two and a half years to complete.

Council bosses say the development will bring over £500m to the area if it goes ahead, paying for itself at least four times over.

This money will come from allowing the release of 12,000 homes to be built along with 117 hectares of employment land, which could provide jobs for 2,000 people, not including in construction.

Residents and councillors have voiced a range of fears about the project including its impact on the environment, traffic passing through neighbouring areas, air quality and noise.

Almost 50 individuals and community groups have written to the local authority, calling for the plans to be scrapped.

NHS Tayside raised concerns with the council regarding the potential health impact from CTLR traffic on the stretch which is expected to dissect a future housing development on the northern edge of Scone.

The budget for the project was finalised at a full council meeting at the end of September.

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