11 September 2013

Stevenson Welcomes Progress on A96 Dualling

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the announcement of the award of a major contract in connection with the A96 dualling project.

Halcrow has been appointed to undertake Strategic Environmental Assessment work for dualling approximately 86 miles of the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen.

The £130,000 contract will assess the potential environmental impacts of the dualling programme at an early stage in its development and help identify ways to avoid or reduce these.

Welcoming the announcement, Stewart Stevenson said:

“The A96 is important for my constituents and local businesses so the awarding of this contract is very good news indeed.

“While there is a long way to go with such an ambitious project of this size which no Government has prioritised in the past, I’m in no doubt that it is vitally important to the North-east.”

Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP said:

“This £3 billion complex and challenging programme will be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history and will ensure safer roads, less congestion and a better quality of life for road users and local communities.

“This commitment will deliver major economic benefits to road users, businesses, communities and industry who live along or use this important route between Scotland’s two northernmost cities.

“The environmental assessment work due to get underway later this month will give Transport Scotland a much fuller understanding of the route and along with the ongoing Preliminary Engineering Services (PES) work will help set the foundations for the detailed design.

“Along with the more advanced A9 Dualling programme, this ambitious project is further evidence of the Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting the economy by competently delivering major infrastructure projects.

“As for all major infrastructure projects, Transport Scotland is committed to engaging with affected communities and businesses through a programme of consultation. As part of this we intend to hold public exhibitions later this year in venues along the route. This is an opportunity to share our understanding of the challenges we face and ensure we have a good local input right from the outset of the A96 dualling programme.”

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