Drivers to face tolls in A9 sell-off plan

By Cameron Brooks

Published: 28/02/2014

AN ADVISER to a respected think-tank wants the A9 privatised – and tolls introduced to pay for the £3billion dualling of the notorious road.

Financial expert Alan McFarlane believes responsibility for the Inverness-Perth trunk road should be taken out of state control and handed over to pension funds. He claims they would then generate the cash needed to give the link an upgrade.

Mr McFarlane said public spending curbs were to blame for delays to the long-awaited dualling project and tolls would be an “easy sell” to motorists on the basis that they would help make the road safer and contribute to their retirement funds.

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