The new road will significantly reduce congestion and related pollution in Perth City Centre while opening up active travel opportunities and will give access to areas around the city for sustainable development.
To help keep carbon emissions to a minimum, the project has been carefully designed to recycle every tonne of earth that needs to be moved during construction. Earth materials from excavations are moved to form other features, for example road embankments needed in the overall design. By keeping all earthworks movements within the site boundary, BAM has significantly reduced construction traffic being added to the local road network.
This, along with changes to road pavements, footways/cycleways and road drainage by using more sustainable solutions and lower carbon materials along with design changes to the bridge structures all helped BAM surpass its carbon reduction targets.
‘Simple steps like using modern plant with low fuel consumption, GPS enabled plant, and sustainable material selection and sourcing locally all contributed towards the lowering of the carbon footprint of the project. This is just the start of the construction phase, so we will be refining and improving the way we work to deliver even more carbon reductions as the project develops,’ added William.
The Cross Tay Link Road is the largest infrastructure project Perth and Kinross Council have ever undertaken.
‘Reducing carbon output is a key deliverable for the project when it is complete as it will act as an enabler to help shift traffic out of the city centre and promote active travel options. We are pleased with the progress BAM is making in putting carbon reduction as a central theme during the detailed design and construction phase of the project,’ said Perth & Kinross Council’s, Roads Infrastructure Manager, Jillian Ferguson.
The project’s approach to carbon saving is being used as best practice by the Scottish Government
The Cross Tay Link Road is due to open in early 2025.