Work begins at Inveramsay bottleneck

Inveramsay Bridge has long been a bottleneck on the A96.
Inveramsay Bridge has long been a bottleneck on the A96.

Work on the £10 million scheme to relieve the well-known traffic bottleneck on the A96 at Inveramsay began yesterday (Wednesday, December 10).

Newly appointed SNP Transport Minister Derek Mackay was joined by representatives from the contractor, Balfour Beatty to break ground on the construction project.

Plans include redirecting the existing A96 road over the railway line to the east of the current railway bridge, allowing two-way traffic flow at all times. This will also allow the scheme to be built “offline” from the existing trunk road, keeping disruption to a minimum throughout the construction process.

North East MSPs Alex Salmond and Dennis Robertson have welcomed the commencement of work. Mr Salmond said,” “I’m obviously delighted to see work getting underway at Inveramsay this side of Christmas – earlier than originally expected.

“This bottleneck has been a headache for commuters, business and agricultural traffic in the area for decades. Only with strong SNP representation in Aberdeenshire and a Scottish Government committed to major infrastructure investment in the North East are we seeing progress.

“In little over a year’s time, the days of waiting on the lights to change at Inveramsay will be history – with reduced journey times and improved safety along the A96.”

Dennis Robertson MSP for Aberdeenshire West added,”It’s great to see construction begin this week on the improvements to the A96 at Inveramsay.

“My constituents living along the route will welcome the news and look forward to reduced congestion and the end to unnecessary delays.

“This is just one part of a £1 billion infrastructure package for the North East from the SNP Government, with significant investment in the AWPR, a commitment to dualling the A96 and £170 million to upgrade the Aberdeen to Inverness railway line.”