Road furniture in rural environments

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The £3 billion A9 dualling programme is scheduled for completion by 2025 and involves dualling of 80 miles of the 110 mile route between Perth and Inverness. The route passes through a range of landscapes and approximately half of the dualling lies within the Cairngorms National Park.

Transport Scotland and the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre are jointly interested in developing ideas for road furniture that might provide a more sympathetic fit with such surroundings. Typically, this might include safety barriers, snow poles and gates, signage, railings, bus stops/ shelters and noise barriers.

We are looking for product manufacturers/ suppliers who want to innovate in this area, whether that be a feasibility or scoping exercise or further development of an innovative product.  

Organisations can gain valuable insight into how Transport Scotland operate and the challenges they face as well as receive valuable input, knowledge and product validation. It should be noted that it is unlikely that any solutions developed will be procured directly by TS who are bound by stringent public procurement rules through Framework Contracts. There may however be an opportunity to be part of this supply chain.

Through the CSIC, there is also the opportunity to apply for funding for academic support (ranging from £5,000-£200,000 per project) to help develop the project towards an output that will have a positive impact on the Scottish construction sector.

Discretionary funding for development or validation may also be made available through Transport Scotland.

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