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Transport Scotland is very keen  to receive  comments and feedback from individual members of the community, in addition to the submissions from the Community Council,  particularly on the following topics:

  • The preferred route and junction option
  • The Dalmagarry and Lynebeg/Moy area sub-options.  The section of the project in the vicinity of Dalmagarry is heavily constrained, with the new dualled A9 to be routed between  the Highland Main Line railway and Dalmagarry Farm and the floodplain to the south of the farm.  Ongoing study and assessment of this area has resulted in the identification of five sub-options ....... All of these sub-options have markedly different engineering and environmental impacts and will have significantly different impacts on the access arrangements for Moy, Lynebeg and Ruthven.  

    PLEASE NOTE:  In Sub-options C, D and E, the B9154 Tomatin to Moy link is removed.  Traffic from Ruthven  heading to Moy would use the single-track road to Tomatin grade-separated junction then head north on the A9 and leave at the Lynebeg left-in/left-out junction.

The options being considered at the Tomatin South (Slochd) Junction.  

For Further Information:
You can contact AMJV Stakeholder Manager Robin Smith at any time.
Telephone:  07557 172 747
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or by post to:

Robin Smith
A9 Dualling Project Team Stakeholder Manager
Lanark Court
Ellismuir Way
Tannochside Park
G71 5PW

For further information on the Tomatin to Moy project, and to view the exhibition materials, drawings and visualisations, please visit:
For further information on the wider A9 Dualling Programme, please visit the Transport Scotland website at:

canine duellingSorry about the picture. I thought you said "canine duelling".

A9 DUALLING MEETING - THURSDAY 8th DECEMBER at 7.30 in the Funtack Room of the Strathdearn Hall

Mr Steve Byer from Mouchel, Mr John Macdonald from AMJV, and Mr Sam MacNaughton from Transport Scotland will attend to answer questions and discuss any concerns.

If you have concerns or questions, but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact a member of the Community Council or tel: 07887704915 so that we can raise these on your behalf.

After hearing all the concerns, and questions and answers, there will be further discussion at the Community Council meeting on !3th December at 7.30pm in the Hall, to help the Community Council make their response.

This event will once again be happening in Strathdearn Village Hall on Friday 2 December 7 pm - 8.30pm
Come along to look at model nativity scenes from around the world and share some refreshments.
Entry £2 for adults & 50p for children with the proceeds going to Maggie's Highland and Action for M.E.
Organised once more by Michelle Bryden.
Please come along and enjoy.

Moy BBAt a vote after the Cadispa report on Monday 14th November, Moy residents voted almost unanimously for Option 2 which is the BT Openreach option. In addition, there were 3-4 who could not make the meeting who also voted for option 2.

Option 2 – BT Openreach:

Strathdearn Community Developments has also been in touch with BT Openreach directly. The Openreach proposal would be to install 3 new Fibre cabinets subject to survey and planning agreement, one at Dalmagarry (delivering to properties estimated speeds between 1.6-60.2mbps) and 2 cabinets in Moy (24.7 –80.0mbps and 27.8 –42.6mbps).

The Openreach gap funded option will cost around £100K to implement. Although each property can claim up to £350 Better broadband vouchers. If we get every property to register, we could claim up to £17K off the total. Realistically it is likely that the total cost will be around £85K (£15K of vouchers). Openreach will own the network fully, therefore being future proofed and will continue to repair and maintain thereafter as they do today. This will take up to 1 year to implement as this will also have to go through planning and design process. There is no obligation on anyone to take fibre when it is in the village, but we anticipate a significant majority would want to access the benefits available from this opportunity.

The vote was organised by James Macpherson on behalf of Strathdearn Community Developments. James immediately contacted Robert Thorburn of BT Openreach to request that he begin implementing the scheme.

Moy residents are strongly encouraged to register for a Better Broadband voucher. The aim is to get as many properties as possible to sign up to help minimise the cost of this project for the community. It is important that even non-internet users register so our community can save the maximum amount of money. The vouchers have to be applied for as part of a scheme rather than on an individual basis. Victoria Cameron-Mackintosh of SCD is awaiting a call from a representative of the Better Broadband scheme who will tell us how and when to apply. She will then contact all Moy residents to assist them in registering for the vouchers.

Thanks are due to James for the tremendous effort he has put in to bring this about.


Tomatin to Moy Project - Public Exhibition - Strathdearn Hall: Nov 14, 3pm - 8pm; Nov 15, 11am - 8pm

Transport Scotland will present their preferred option. They say the meeting is to consult with representatives of the community, implying that officially the junction options are not yet decided. Many Strathdearn residents expressed concern about a proposed partial or full closure of the Sloch junction onto the A9. The Community Council suggested reopening a section of the old A9 giving us a route south via Carrbridge. We do not yet know whether Transport Scotland have accepted this suggestion. Please attend and demonstrate to Transport Scotland that Strathdearn residents are very aware of the importance of these decisions and will fight for the best solution.

I have requested more information in advance of the meeting. Watch this space.

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