Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Danny Alexander today said that Highlanders will treat SNP claims that work to dual the A9 is ahead of schedule with the derision they deserve.
Seven years after a commitment to improving the A9 was included in the SNP manifesto, dualling works are yet to begin.
Mr Alexander was speaking after the announcement that the procurement process for the dualling of a stretch of road from Kincraig to Dalraddy will commence shortly.
Commenting, Mr Alexander said:
"Highlanders will treat SNP claims that the dualling of the A9 is ahead of schedule with the derision they deserve.
"Regular users of the A9 have had to endure seven wasted years of a SNP government that has focussed on central belt priorities while turning a deaf ear to Highland concerns. Not only that, but now Highlanders must endure average speed cameras on the road which will increase driver frustration.
“So far, not a single metre of the A9 has been dualled on their watch. Highlanders will judge the SNP on their actions, not the occasional warm words.”