Part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to dualling the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen, this section involves dualling the A96 between east of Huntly and Aberdeen (the eastern section of the A96 Dualling Programme).
The intention to fully dual the A96 was announced in December 2011, when Scottish Ministers published their Infrastructure Investment Plan, which contained the commitment to dual the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen, thus completing the dual carriageway network between all Scottish cities.
Transport Scotland has completed preliminary assessment work on the dualling programme between east of Nairn and Aberdeen. The programme for the next stage of design (i.e. DMRB Stage 2 route options assessment) for east of Nairn to Aberdeen is to be split into three sections (western, central and eastern sections) in addition to the Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) section which is at a more advanced stage of development.
In July 2017 Transport Scotland awarded a contract to AmeyArup to carry out route options assessment and detailed design work for dualling the eastern section of the A96 between east of Huntly and Aberdeen. It is expected that the route options assessment work will take approximately 2 years to complete.