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Scots crossing link takes off at last for Morrison

CONTRACTS - EDINBURGH

MORRISON has secured a £35 million deal to construct a link road near the M9 in Scotland.

The firm saw off competition from Balfour Beatty, Morgan Est and Mowlem to secure the deal for City of Edinburgh Council.

The deal will see a new section of road created to the south of the Forth Estuary linking the A8000 to the M9 at Kirkliston, west of Edinburgh.

The A8000 is a major route between the Forth Road Bridge and the Scottish motorway system. The road, which also connects the city bypass and the airport, has become increasingly congested in recent years.

Proposals to create the new dual lane motorway extension from the existing trunk road, running for around 3 km to a new junction with the A90 near Dalmeny, have been around for three decades.

The scheme is being backed by the Scottish Executive and the Forth Estuary Transport Authority. Last April £24 million-worth of funding was secured from the Executive.

Initial enabling and mining works were carried out last year with construction work anticipated to start in June.

A source close to the project: 'This is a scheme that has taken a while to get going. It has had a cost increase due to the designs involved and has also had to wait for Government funding.

Now everything is secured we are hoping to move ahead and start as soon as possible.'

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