Welcome for £335k improvements to dangerous section of A96

Road surfacing this week on the A96 near Lhanbryde
Road surfacing this week on the A96 near Lhanbryde

DISRUPTION ON THE A96 this week should be kept to a minimum as work is being undertaken overnight to improve the road surface between the Urquhart junction and Lhanbryde.

The £335,000 resurfacing work is being welcomed by local councillor and newly elected MSP Douglas Ross, who said the stretch had been identified as dangerous for some considerable time.

Most recently a German tourist had to be airlifted to hospital following a head-on collision on the section of the busy Elgin to Aberdeen road. Mr Ross said that he welcomed the fact that something was now being done to improve safety.

Bear Scotland say that during the work there will be some “minor restrictions” put in place either side of the half-mile stretch on which they will be working from 7.30pm until 6.30am each night, with work expected to have been completed by Saturday morning.

Spokesman Andy Thomson said: “The resurfacing will upgrade the existing road surface meaning a smoother and safer journey for motorists. We have scheduled these works to take place overnight to minimise disruption as much as possible.

“However, we would encourage motorists to plan their journeys in advance and leave a little extra time for their journey.”

A 10mph convoy system is expected to operate while works are under way.