Exhibitions to reveal thinking on A96 Dualling route

Controversial A96 route consultation (pic: Susan Munro)

TRANSPORT SCOTLAND WILL host four public exhibitions this month on their future planned route for a dualling the A96 section from Hardmuir to Fochabers.

In a letter to local community groups the agency has said that they continue to review the available options for the route and are now ready to give the public in Moray an opportunity to comment on progress.

The exhibitions will be held in Elgin on Monday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 20 from 12noon until 7pm in the Elgin Town Hall. They will continue at the Bellie Church Hall in Fochabers on Wednesday, June 21 from 12noon until 7pm, and finally on June 22 from the same times at the Forres Town Hall.

A spokesman said: “The purpose of the public exhibitions is to explain the process being undertaken in the appraisal of the options that have been developed following the preliminary engineering and strategic environmental assessment work for the route east of Nairn to Aberdeen.

“It will give the public and other interested parties the opportunity to comment on the developing route options.”

The exhibitions will have representatives from Transport Scotland and design consultants Mott Macdonald Sweco, who will answer questions on the design and assessment work being carried out.

Transport Scotland are expecting to decide the preferred route option next year.