New options outlined for A96 upgrades

New options outlined for A96 upgrades (image credit: iStock/lilly3)

A series of public consultations have been organised by Transport Scotland regarding proposed new routes for the A96 from Hardmuir to Fochabers.

This 28-mile stretch of carriageway will undergo a significant revamp in the coming years, with the project described as "challenging" by the body.

As a result, members of the public are being asked to have their say on a number of proposed plans for the upgrade in the coming weeks.

Events will be held in Elgin, Fochabers and Forres from June 19th to 22nd, with public exhibitions and the chance for attendees to speak to local planners involved in the project. The events will each run from midday to 19:00 BST.

Cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work Keith Brown said: "I would encourage anyone with an interest in this scheme to visit one of the exhibitions … and give us their views."

He concluded that the "vital feedback" this will provide to planners will help to inform the design and assessment work of this ambitious project, with the government hoping to select its preferred route option early next year.

The scheme is being delivered as part of the wider A96 dualling project, which covers 88 miles of carriageway between Inverness and Aberdeen.

Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, adds: "Updating this stretch of busy carriageway remains a top priority for Transport Scotland, with the subsequent works helping to alleviate congestion and provide smoother, faster journeys for travellers in future."