Part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to dualling the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen, this section involves a new 46km dual carriageway between Hardmuir (east of Auldearn) and the east of Fochabers (the western 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 June 2016 Transport Scotland awarded a contract to Mott MacDonald Sweco Joint Venture to carry out route options assessment and detailed design work for dualling the western section of the A96 between Hardmuir and Fochabers. It is expected that the route options assessment work will take approximately 2 years to complete and Transport Scotland intends to select a preferred option for the scheme later in 2018.
Design Update: August 2018
To keep members of the public, communities, stakeholders and road users informed of the latest scheme developments, Transport Scotland has published a further Design Update for the A96 Dualling Hardmuir to Fochabers scheme.
The update outlines a number of route option elements that have been removed from further consideration and highlights five key design developments on the remaining options.
Transport Scotland welcomes your comments and feedback on these changes.
View the design update.
February / March 2018
As part of our ongoing community engagement for the scheme, public exhibitions were held between 27 February and 2 March 2018 in Elgin, Forres and Fochabers. The Public Exhibitions let locals and road users view and comment on proposed changes to the options being developed for the A96 Dualling Hardmuir to Fochabers scheme following changes to the options under consideration for the scheme.
Representatives from Transport Scotland and their design consultants, Mott Macdonald Sweco, attended and were available to answer questions on the design and assessment work undertaken on the scheme.
As part of our ongoing community engagement for the scheme, public exhibitions were held between 19 and 22 June 2017 in Elgin, Forres and Fochabers to let locals and road users view and comment on the options that have been developed for the Hardmuir to Fochabers scheme following the earlier preliminary engineering and strategic environmental assessment work.
Representatives from Transport Scotland and their design consultants, Mott Macdonald Sweco, attended and were available to answer questions on the design and assessment work being carried out as Transport Scotland looks to select a preferred option for the scheme in 2018.
We've responded to feedback from members of the public and other stakeholders following the June 2017 public exhibitions, and published some frequently asked questions, giving answers to the most common issues raised.
Meet the Team Events
As part of Transport Scotland's ongoing rolling programme of community engagement on the A96 Dualling, three 'Meet the Team' events were held on the Hardmuir to Fochabers scheme (i.e. the western section) in October 2016 to provide an opportunity for the public to meet representatives from Transport Scotland’s A96 Dualling team and design consultants, Mott MacDonald Sweco Joint Venture (MMS).
Information presented at the Meet the Team events:
For more information on the project, contact:
A96 Dualling Team
Major Transport Infrastructure Projects (MTRIPS)
58 Port Dundas Road
Glasgow G4 0HF
Telephone: 0141 272 7100