Public having their first glimpse of A96 dualling plans

A PUBLIC EXHIBITION allowing people to have a first sight of possible options for dualling the A96 through Moray opened in Elgin on Monday.

Options for the route from Nairn to Aberdeen are being shown and opinions are being sought from visitors to the exhibition which continues over the next two weeks.

Plans are being made by the Scottish Government to convert approximately 86 miles of the route between Aberdeen and Inverness into dual carriageways by 2030 at a estimated cost of around £475million.

“This huge job requires careful, in-depth planning and design so we deliver the right scheme and help tackle congestion, make journey times more reliable and – crucially – improve road safety for all along the route,” the Infrastructure Secretary, Keith Brown, said.

He added: “With work on the 19-mile section between Inverness and Nairn, including Nairn bypass, at a more advanced stage and preferred route option already identified, initial engineering and environmental assessment work for the remaining 67 miles between Nairn and Aberdeen is now finished.

“We would like to give the public a chance to comment on the range of options to improve this section of the A96 which will be taken forward to the next stage of design.”

The exhibition moves on today when it will be on show at Forres Town Hall before moving on to Huntly on Wednesday. It will then return to Moray on Monday at the Fochabers Institute, moving to the Longmore Hall in Keith on Tuesday, May 19.

At each venue the exhibition will be open from 12noon until 7pm. Further information can be found online.