by Arantxa Barrachina
A network of average speed cameras on the A9 between Inverness and Dunblane was installed today at 27 sites on the road at a cost of £2.5 million.
The installation of the cameras is the latest measure taken by the Scottish Government to improve safety on one of the most dangerous roads in the country.
The speed limit for HGVs using the A9 has also been raised from 40mph to 50mph as a pilot project.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said speed cameras would save lives on the road.
He added: “All the evidence we have had from other sites show reductions in fatalities. Surely everyone should welcome that.”
Scottish Government and the Strategic Transport Project Review (STPR) already have an ambitious investment plan in transportation and infrastructure by 2030.
According to the STRP, the new A9 dual carriageway will improve the connection between Perth and Inverness.
The project has an estimated budget, according to the STPR, of between £1.5 billion and £3bn, but the savings of the £50 million of the Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC) project would be invested in improvements to the A9.
The FRC is Scotland’s biggest transport infrastructure project, due to be completed in 2016, and it will replace the Forth Road Bridge, which has deteriorated due to traffic levels and weather conditions.
Laura Ferri, a civil engineer working on the FRC project, said: “The FRC project will provide a vital road link for maintaining the economies of Fife, the East coast of Scotland and Edinburgh.”
She added: “Improving connections and safety between the North and South of Scotland is very important. It will improve new accesses around locations.”