A96 Dualling Inverness-Nairn

Scheme outline

Upgrading of the A96, including dualling between Inverness and Nairn, a new Nairn bypass, a new Inveramsay Bridge and new connection between the A9 and the A96 to provide relief for the Raigmore Interchange.

This scheme was proposed in advance of the wider proposals to upgrade the whole A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness to dual carriageway.

This scheme is part of the A96 Dualling Inverness to Aberdeen programme of works.

In preparation
Bypass or realignment
for use by all traffic
Highway authority
Scottish Government


26 August 2010

The start of detailed preparatory work was announced today. The results are expected next Spring.

6 December 2011

According to the Infrastructure Investment Plan released today, this scheme is not expected to start until 2017 at the earliest.

6 February 2012

Public exhibitions on the scheme are taking place today and tomorrow.

26 November 2014

Preferred route has been identified and public exhibitions have been held.

13 February 2015

The award of a £30m design contract for this scheme was announced on 10 February 2015.

10 February 2016

Preferred Option design updates (in response to public consultation) were exhibited in early February 2016.

26 March 2016

Drilling for ground investigation has begun and will take place over a 20 week period.

28 March 2016

The new Inveramsay Bridge opened on 18 March.

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With thanks to Duncan Macknight, Toby Speight, Gerry McKenna, Owen Rudge and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.