Introduction to A9 Dualling Presentation

The presentation below introduces the A9 Dualling project and the project objectives.

Introduction to A9 Dualling Presentation (All Stages)

Traffic Data Analysis Activity

Transport Scotland carry out regular monitoring of traffic on the A9.  Use the appropriate activity (depending on pupil level) to support a maths or geography lesson.  The activity involves analysing the traffic data in the Excel spreadsheet in order to answer questions in the Activities below.

A9 Traffic Data Processing Excel Spreadsheet P4-S6

A9 Traffic Data Activity P4-7

A9 Traffic Data Activity S1-6

Non-Motorised User (NMU) Access Strategy

 The NMU Access Strategy Report provides guidance for the engineers and environmentalists on how the A9 Dualling Project aims to mitigate against impacts on existing NMU access and explore opportunities to improve and develop existing NMU facilities. This aims to ensure the proposals are developing in line with the needs of the general public, tourists, local businesses and local communities.

This strategy is available on Transport Scotland’s website and was developed along with the A9 Dualling NMU Forum, which is made up of NMU organisations such as Scotways, Sustrans, the British Horse Society and the Mountaineering Council for Scotland.

NMU Access Strategy Report

An example of how the information in this strategy report is used and developed into design proposals can be seen here:

Using and Developing the Strategy Report


Using and Developing the Strategy Report (2)

Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Stage 1 Report Overview

 The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) is a series of 15 volumes that provide standards, advice notes and other documents relating to the design, assessment and operation of trunk roads, including motorways in the United Kingdom. As part of the DMRB process, three stages of assessment are undertaken and reported on, as described in the document below.

DMRB Overview

DMRB Stage 1 Report for A9 Dualling project

The link below takes you to the A9 specific DMRB Stage 1 Report.

A9 DMRB Stage 1 Report

Network Rail Level Crossing Map Data Sources

Level crossings fall into five distinct categories but each is unique so Network Rail and their rail industry partners have developed a standardised method for assessing crossing risk. Factors taken into account include frequency of trains, frequency and types of users and the environment and where the crossings are located. This website provides further details, it includes a useful function that allows users to search for any level crossing in the UK and the results can be seen on a map. The safety rating, type of level crossing and who is permitted to use them can also be found. Find out what it says about your nearest level crossing!

We need to know where these are as it is very important to the design process as engineers need to consider if they are potentially going to do anything that could increase the use of level crossings or if they can do anything to make them safer through the proposals for the road.

Level Crossings

Transport Scotland Traffic Count

This website shows a map of Scotland with small red circles at certain points on the trunk road network. These red circles indicate locations of automated traffic counters and when clicked on provide information of the headline traffic flows at that location. By clicking on the red circle and scrolling to the bottom of the pop-up historical traffic flow data can be found.

This information is used by a number of professionals working on the A9 Dualling Perth to Inverness projects. Traffic flow information provides a picture of the road use and how this changes across time. The information can also be used by transport planners and economists to model how proposals may change the travel patterns. Specialists within environmental teams (such as noise analysists) can then use this information to assess potential impacts on the surrounding environment.

Select ‘Map Application’ in the link below to view traffic count page.

Traffic Count – Transport Scotland Webpage

Sustrans Cycle Route Map Website

 The Sustrans Cycle Route Website is a map off the UK with purple and green lines that indicate routes for cyclists. This information is used by a number of professionals working on the A9 Dualling Perth to Inverness projects to identify important features and facilities within the area surrounding the road.

The A9 and adjacent facilities (like the National Cycle Network Route 7) is used not only by cars but by cyclists, horse riders and people on foot. The A9 is also often a starting point for hill walkers. Holidays and tourist activities centred around these activities are popular in Scotland and the design of the new route aims to ensure people can continue to use these.

Sustrans Cycle Route Map

Information on Planning Permission Websites

These websites show all planning applications around the Cairngorms area. Planning permission is required in a variety of situations ranging from the construction of an extension to a residential home to the construction of new commercial buildings. This information is used to see sites that may potentially be affected by the proposals in the area and so these can be avoided if there are any.

We use this on the A9 Dualling so we can see what kind of construction is getting approved in the area so we can take account of this in our design.

Online Planning Application

Viewing and Commenting on Planning Applications

How technology is used in our roads

 This document provides a short outline of how technology is used on our roads. This is a two page document suitable for both teachers and S2 upwards. This document could be used by Teacher’s Module participants to complete their module, by STEM teachers trying to engage their class and provide context or by pupils as the beginning of a research study.

Technology Use the Roads

How to View Design in 3D on Google Earth

 The document titled ‘How to View Design in 3D on Google Earth’ is a step by step guide to using Google Earth to view designs for the A9 Dualling project and an example of a KMZ design to view using Google Earth. This is an interactive activity that gives insight into how engineers produce 3D visualisations of their designs, as can be seen here:

Visualisations of the engineer’s design options are important as it helps other professionals (for example Landscape Architects), stakeholders and the public envisage what the proposals may look like and therefore facilitates the understanding of the potential changes.

How to View Design in 3D in Google Earth

9 Facts

9 Facts is fun interactive numbers game.  Each pupil/group of pupils get a board with numbers on it.  The teacher then reads out the numbered facts and if the pupils have the number they put a counter on it.  First to fill up the board and shout ‘A9’ wins.

9 Facts (Stage 2)

Think Like An Engineer Activity

‘Think Like An Engineer’ is one of the Roadshow activities we do with the P7’s in the schools along the A9 corridor.  This gives a real insight into the role of an engineer.  In this activity you will look at route options and what information engineers use to find out the best option.

An Engineers Choice Instructions

An Engineers Choice PowerPoint


The ‘constraints’ document below outlines the key issues which are commonly present on major infrastructure projects.  It also identifies potential mitigation measures that can be taken in order to minimise any negative impacts. 


Schools Version of A9 Dualling Overview Video

How to build a ‘core’ piece of road

If you would like to learn about the different layers that make up a road, this activity is for you!  The instructions are in the first link and recipe to make the salt dough is in the third link.  Some of the words are tricky so use the glossary to help you.

Construction Activity 1 – Road Construction (P5-7)

Construction Activity 2 – Road Construction Glossary (P5-7)

 Construction Activity 1 – Road Construction – Recipe for salt dough (P5-7)