A96 Hardmuir to Fochabers

Overview

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).

Background

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. Design work for the development and assessment of route options for the A96 dualling Programme has been 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. Route options assessment work is now complete and we have selected a preferred option for the scheme.

The Preferred Option will now be subject to further design development and assessment and Transport Scotland aims to publish draft Orders for the A96 Dualling Hardmuir to Fochabers scheme during the second half of 2020.

Community engagement

Design Update: October 2019

A series of public drop-in sessions are being held at the end of October 2019 to give local communities and road users the opportunity to view and comment on design updates, including developing proposals for active travel facilities, for the A96 Dualling Hardmuir to Fochabers scheme.

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

Materials presented at the exhibitions

Details of the drop-ins are as follows:

Tuesday 29th October 2019 – 12 noon – 7 PM

Forres Town Hall, High St, Forres, IV36 1PB

Wednesday 30th October 2019 – 12 noon – 7 PM

Elgin Town Hall, 1 Trinity Place, Elgin, IV30 1UL

Thursday 31st October 2019 – 12 noon – 7 PM

Speymouth Hall, Stynie Road, Mosstodloch, IV32 7JN

Preferred option exhibitions

Public exhibitions were held in early December 2018 to give locals and road users an opportunity to see and comment on the preferred option for the A96 Dualling Hardmuir to Fochabers scheme.

Following these exhibitions, comments and feedback were received and considered, with responses being issued to all who provided comment.

Design Update: August 2018

To keep members of the public, communities, stakeholders and road users informed of the latest scheme developments, We published a Design Update for the A96 Dualling Hardmuir to Fochabers scheme in August 2018.

The update outlined a number of route option elements that were removed from further consideration and highlighted five key design developments on the remaining options.

Public exhibitions

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.

June 2017

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:

Contact

For more information on the project, contact:

A96 Dualling Team
Major Transport Infrastructure Projects (MTRIPS)
Transport Scotland
Buchanan House
58 Port Dundas Road
Glasgow G4 0HF

Telephone: 0141 272 7100
Email: a96dualling@transport.gov.scot