Updated options for A96 Dualling Hardmuir to Fochabers on show
Locals and road users can now see and comment on proposed changes to the options being developed for the A96 Dualling Hardmuir to Fochabers scheme.
The ongoing design work along with the public consultation process have resulted in a number of changes to the options under consideration for the scheme.
The changes include avoiding any direct impact on the local heritage site Macbeth’s Hillock and reduced effects on the flood plain, as well as other design developments. Further details on the developing route options designs are also available, including potential layouts for junctions on the section to be dualled, and more detail on local road connections.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown said:
“The Scottish Government has given a clear commitment to dual the A96 which will see delivery of around 88 miles of upgraded road between Inverness and Aberdeen, a huge task but one we are relishing.
“Dualling the A96 requires careful, in-depth planning and design so that we deliver the right scheme and help tackle congestion, make journey times more reliable and, crucially, improve road safety.
“These drop-ins starting today are showing the public how the design work is progressing for the section of the A96 between Hardmuir and Fochabers. The material on show includes potential junction layouts and design updates that have been made following feedback received on initial route options identified last year.
“I would encourage everyone with an interest in this important scheme to come along to one of these drop-in sessions or view the plans online and provide further vital feedback as we look to identify a preferred option for the scheme later this year.”