Have your say on A96 dualling

Road Orders have been issued for work on the Inveramsay Bridge.
Road Orders have been issued for work on the Inveramsay Bridge.

Local communities are being urged to have their say on the Scottish Government’s ambitious A96 dualling programme at a forthcoming series of roadshows.

Transport Minister Keith Brown, who will be in Nairn next Monday, was at the forefront of calls for the public to give feedback when the exhibitions get underway next week.

Mr Brown said: “In May this year, I set out how the A96 dualling programme will be driven forward. The outline strategy identified packages of design and development work to be progressed over the next few years with the objective of completing the full dualling between Inverness and Aberdeen by 2030.

“Already we are seeing progress, with consultants appointed for preparatory engineering and environmental work and aerial surveys underway along the route.

“We aim to keep up this momentum by giving the public a chance to comment at the early stages of this vital project for the north of the country and for Scotland as a whole.

“I look forward to seeing the exhibition material next Monday before the roadshows get underway on Tuesday.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest to visit one of the exhibitions over the next few weeks and help ensure local needs are reflected as we develop the dualling programme.”

The exhibitions will also include information on the work going on to progress the Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) scheme, an update on the A9/A96 Connections Study and plans for the upgrade of the Aberdeen to Inverness rail line. They take place from 12 November 2013 over a period of three weeks, and include: Thursday, November 28, Inverurie at The Acorn Centre, from 12pm – 7pm.

Copies of the exhibition material will be available from Monday 11 November at www.transportscotland.gov.uk/a96dualling

Anyone wishing to comment should respond by 31 January 2014 to a96dualling@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk.

As the A96 bisects a number of communities, dualling the road will require bypasses around Forres, Elgin, Keith and Inverurie.