A96 East of Huntly to Aberdeen


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.

Community engagement


Drop-in Sessions May 2019

These are to update local communities and road users on the ongoing design work for dualling the 26 mile section of the A96 between East of Huntly and Aberdeen.

Following options exhibitions last October, the number of options has now been reduced and local residents will have a chance to see and comment on the proposals being taken forward as we look to identify a preferred option by the end of this year.

Details of the drop-ins which are all taking place from 12 noon to 7 pm:

Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 May 2019

Wyness Hall
AB51 3QB

Thursday 30 May 2019

Kinellar Community Hall
AB21 0JQ

Friday 31 May 2019

Gordon Arms Hotel
AB54 8AF

Representatives from Transport Scotland and our design consultant, AmeyArup, will be on hand to answer questions on the design and assessment work being carried out as we look to identify a preferred option for the scheme by the end of 2019.

We welcome your comments and feedback and ask that you provide this by 12 July 2019. We will then consider all feedback received and responses will be issued in due course.

Multidisciplinary comparative assessments were carried out, comparing two options at a time, where they performed the same function. In each case, the better performing option was identified, and the poorer performing option was deselected. The remaining better performing options were presented to the public at the engagement events held in May 2019. 

Public Exhibitions October 2018

As part of our ongoing community engagement for the scheme, public exhibitions were held from 8 October to 11 October 2018 in Inverurie, Huntly and Blackburn. These exhibitions allowed the local community and road users to view and comment upon the initial route options that have been developed for the East of Huntly to Aberdeen scheme following the earlier preliminary engineering and strategic environmental assessment work.

We’ve responded to feedback from members of the public and other stakeholders following the October 2018 public exhibitions, and published some frequently asked questions, giving answers to the most common issues raised.

The design team considered the complexity and extent of the engineering works, the environmental impacts and the traffic and economic benefits associated with initial route options. Through this detailed appraisal, better performing route options were shortlisted and the other options were deselected because of their poor performance. The better performing options were presented to the public at the exhibitions held in October 2018.

As part of the initial development and assessment of the route options, an Online at Inverurie - Dualling Feasibility and Appraisal report was also prepared. The report records the work carried out to investigate the viability of an online A96 dualling option between Inveramsay Bridge and Thainstone and records the decision to deselect online dualling at Inverurie as an option for the A96 East of Huntly to Aberdeen scheme.

Meet the team events - November 2017

As part of our ongoing rolling programme of community engagement on the A96 Dualling, three 'Meet the Team' events were held on the East of Huntly to Aberdeen scheme (i.e. the eastern section) in November 2017 to provide an opportunity for the public to meet representatives from our A96 Dualling team and design consultants, Amey Arup.