A96 Hardmuir to Fochabers

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.

Public Exhibitions

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:


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