Cllr welcomes Inveramsay progress

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West Garioch SNP Councillor Allison Grant, has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government of its preferred route for the Inveramsay Bridge improvements on the A96.

Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP announced last week that the government’s preferred option for the £12-15m project was the “road over rail river route”, following the public consultation from last October.

“I’m delighted at this further announcement and it is clear that the pace of progress on this is picking up rapidly. This represents real progress over a very short period of time since the SNP Government came to power”, said CLlr Grant.

“When one considers the length of time the Liberals were in office in the previous Scottish Executive with absolutely no action whatsoever taken to deal with this issue, it’s a bit rich for Liberal MPs and MSPs to jump on this particular bandwagon.”

Transport Minister Keith Brown added:

“The Scottish Government is committed to improving traffic flow on the A96 at the Inveramsay Bridge.

“Locals and visitors can expect significant benefits through reduced congestion and improved journey time reliability on one of the north of Scotland’s main routes. The works will also enable the removal of the existing traffic signals from the road.

“Following the public consultation last October, the ‘road over rail river route’ option has been identified as delivering the best value for money, whilst minimising disruption to existing road users.

“It is also offers additional safety benefits relating to the height restriction on the existing structure and separates local agricultural traffic from other vehicles. ”The works are expected to be completed during this Parliamentary term, subject to the satisfactory completion of statutory processes.