It turns out that all is not what it may seem when it comes to dualling the A9. Hitting the headlines today from our source at HQ, officials have brought in the engineers who worked on The Gotthard Base Tunnel (the world longest and deepest tunnel in the Swiss Alps) to figure out how feasible it would be to create a “Cairngorms Tunnel” with links from the central belt right into the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.
A spokesperson said, “Instead of dualling, building a tunnel will allow us to HALF the amount of traffic on the road and working underground will avoid the need for any road closures.
We asked members of the public what they thought of journeying to the Highlands in a tunnel, “we will miss seeing the spectacular scenery” was one concern however the draft plans reveal children from local schools will be invited to don the walls with murals of popular highland visitor locations, “ travelers will barely notice the difference.”
With the route sometimes hampered with snowy weather conditions, a tunnel is also considered to provide an “all weather” travel option.
We want to hear what you think, allegedly officials had first considered the possibility of building a bridge but that was quite rightly considered “a bridge too far.”
Have your say, we want to hear your views….Underground or Overground?