Three bidders have been shortlisted for the A9 Tomatin to Moy Dualling package, raising hopes that the PPP package could be progressed in the near future.
Transport Scotland retendered the Tomatin to Moy section of the scheme earlier this year, after the original tender failed to attract any bids. With the public sector having agreed to take on more risk, the tender has now attracted bids from John Graham Construction, Sacyr UK and Balfour Beatty.
While this package is publicly funded, its previous failed procurement had thrown the programme and its timings into doubt.
It is anticipated that a package utilising a version of the Welsh government-developed mutual investment model (MIM) will follow the Tomatin to Moy procurement.
Earlier this year, Partnerships Bulletin reported that investors remain optimistic on the potential for the MIM segment of the A9 dualling programme.