Upgrade of the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen to provide a continuous dual two-lane road for the whole of the route.
Despite its name, this scheme will actually provide a new dual carriageway from east of Nairn to Aberdeen, with the section from Inverness to Nairn being pursued as a separate scheme to be completed much earlier.
Design contract issued by Transport Scotland for 29 miles of the western section of the A96 east of Auldearn to east of Fochabers.
A Mott MacDonald Sweco joint venture has been awarded a Â£50 million contract by Transport Scotland to carry out detailed design work for dualling the 29-mile western section of the A96 between Auldearn and Fochabers.
Latest update for Hardmuir to Fochabers dualling section on the Transport Scotland website [PDF] is that several routes have been de-selected and a set of refined options are being taken forward.
Options for dualling the A96 between Aberdeen and Huntly will go on display from next month. A number of potential routes have been developed to dual the 26-mile section between east of Huntly and Aberdeen. A series of public exhibitions are being held from October 8 for a week to let the public and road users see and comment on these proposals at Huntly, Inverurie and Blackburn.
On the A96 East of Huntly to Aberdeen section, Transport Scotland have narrowed down design options. Those that included the existing A96 Inverurie Bypass and the offline southern route between east of Huntly and Blackburn, which passes through the Bennachie Special Landscape Area, are amongst the options that have been removed following initial design and assessment work and also drawing on the feedback received to date.
The preferred route for 28 miles (45km) of the route, between Nairn and Fochabers, has been announced. Transport Scotland's proposals include taking the trunk road north of Forres, south of Elgin and north of Fochabers.
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