THERE has been broad welcome following the announcement by the Scottish Government of its preferred route for the Inveramsay Bridge improvements on the A96.
Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP confirmed last week the preferred option for the £12-15m project. It will be 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.”, said West Garioch SNP councillor Allison Grant.
“This represents real progress over a very short period of time since the SNP Government came to power.
“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.”
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “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.
A public consultation on the proposed options for the Inveramsay project took place at Inverurie Golf Club in October last year.
Ministers said then they would assess the feedback and bring forward the preferred option.