A new £50 million contract has been signed that will enable work to get underway on the dualling of the A96 carriageway between Huntly and Aberdeen next month.
The Amey Arup Joint Venture partnership will take on full responsibility for the construction of the new transport network in the area, with this 26-mile stretch of new dual carriageway to form part of the wider 86-mile upgrade plans for the A96 in the coming years.
Detailed design work for the project has now been completed and a full route option assessment was carried out by the government prior to the award of this latest contract.
Cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work Keith Brown said: "This major design contract marks a further milestone towards the dualling of the A96, with all the investment and improvements that it will bring to local economies right across the north of Scotland."
Now undergoing a mandatory standstill period following submission of the contract, the joint venture partners will begin work to upgrade the carriageway in the coming weeks. It marks a key milestone for a scheme that will tackle serious issues of congestion on the A96 in the years ahead.
Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, adds: "Developing an enlarged and more efficient transport network will deliver significant benefits for communities and businesses in the area. It is great news to see this ambitious project now moving into its next phase."