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A96 roadshow figures roundly welcomed

Large numbers turned out and even by 2pm a good amount through the door. It always looked busy as there were 4 from Transport Scotland and 8 from Jacobs so plenty people on hand to answer questions. I think the commitment is to have it dualled by 2030 . I think that is ambitious given experiences with AWPR.

Large numbers turned out and even by 2pm a good amount through the door. It always looked busy as there were 4 from Transport Scotland and 8 from Jacobs so plenty people on hand to answer questions. I think the commitment is to have it dualled by 2030 . I think that is ambitious given experiences with AWPR.

More than 1800 people have visited the A96 dualling public exhibitions during the last three weeks.

The events, held in nine venues along the route between Aberdeen and Inverness, gave local communities the chance to comment on the Scottish Government’s plans to dual the busy route.

Nearly 200 people attended a display in Inverurie last Thursday.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “The fact that over 1800 people took the time to visit our public exhibitions is testament to the amount of interest in this ambitious dualling programme.

“The A96 dualling programme will involve the construction of over 88 miles of new dual carriageway, bringing reduced journey times and improved journey time reliability and safety.

“Such a programme of work requires in depth planning and design to ensure that we deliver the right project at the right price and keep impacts on communities, business and the environment to the absolute minimum.

“The A96 bisects a number of communities, and we have highlighted the need for bypasses around Forres, Elgin, Keith and Inverurie.

“Once the ongoing preliminary engineering and environmental assessment work is completed in about 12-18 months’ time, detailed route options will be progressed and preferred routes for these bypasses identified as soon as possible.

“Further public exhibitions will be held as our plans are developed.”

The public still have a chance to comment on the recent plans that were on show.

People can visit the A96 Dualling website and comment before January 31. They can e-mail forms or comments to a96dualling@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk or alternatively they can post them to arrive by January 31.

 

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