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A96 dualling Inverness to Aberdeen

Transport Scotland plans to dual the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen, involving the upgrade of 86 miles of single carriageway between the two cities.

In Preparation

Route of the existing A96

The A96 is the trunk road linking the cities of Inverness and Aberdeen. It runs from Raigmore Interchange at Inverness to Haudagain Roundabout at Aberdeen, passing through various towns and villages along the route.

The dualling programme will deliver a number benefits including improved journey time and reliability, delivering economic growth, improved connectivity and reduce the rate and severity of accidents.

We have completed preliminary engineering and environmental assessment work along the whole A96 corridor between east of Nairn and Aberdeen and the draft orders for the section between Inverness and Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) were published on 29 November 2016.

In June 2016, we appointed Mott Macdonald Sweco to carry out route option assessment and thereafter detailed design work for dualling the 29-mile western section of the A96 between Hardmuir and Fochabers.

About the project

Dualling the A96 is a significant undertaking which requires careful, in-depth planning and design to ensure that we deliver the right scheme to help tackle congestion and provide better journey time reliability and road safety for all users.

Find out more about this project, including key facts and the challenges ahead.

Community engagement

Meaningful engagement with directly affected communities and businesses is a key part of our work as we develop plans to dual the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen. As well as bringing benefits, road construction often impacts on those who are living and working along the route. The local perspective is vital. Find out more about our work in this area including an “Engaging with Communities” booklet, exhibition materials and maps.

Environmental Challenges

The A96 passes through, or close to, outstanding areas of wild life, scenic and historic significance, with a wide range of nationally and internationally designated sites.

Learn more about the challenges and the Strategic Environmental Assessment work for the dualling programme.

Preliminary Engineering Services (PES)

Transport Scotland appointed Jacobs UK Ltd to undertake the preliminary engineering assessment work for the A96 improvements between Inverness and Aberdeen. The preliminary engineering assessment was progressed in accordance with a Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) Stage 1 Assessment, and the Stage 1 Report has now been published.

A96 dualling FAQs

Our frequently asked questions cover topics including why the project is being taken forward, anticipated benefits, design challenges and environmental considerations.

Contact the A96 dualling team

If you've got a query or comment about this project, see our information on how to get in touch with us.

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