The Scottish Government, through the Infrastructure Investment Plan, has put in place a commitment to dual the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen by 2030. The scheme is being promoted by Transport Scotland as Trunk Road Authority.
Information is available via the Transport Scotland website via the link below: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/project/a96-dualling-inverness-aberdeen
For queries about the A96 dualling Transport Scotland can be contacted as follows http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/project/a96-dualling-inverness-aberdeen/contact-a96-dualling-team
In November 2013 Transport Scotland started a programme of public engagement for the A96 Dualling Programme with a series of public exhibitions.
A further series of public exhibitions were held in venues along the route from 11 May 2015 until 21 May 2015. These events included Elgin, Forres, Fochabers, and Keith, and gave local communities and road users the opportunity to see and comment on the outcome of the preliminary engineering and strategic environmental assessment work that Transport Scotland has been taking forward for the route east of Nairn to Aberdeen. A copy of the exhibition material is available here
A public consultation period ran from 11 May to 22 June 2015 to seek feedback on the outcome of the preliminary engineering and environmental assessment work.
The Moray Council
The Moray Council has long considered the promotion of the A96 corridor vital to the economic development of Moray, and in partnership with Regional Transport Partners HITRANS has been lobbying the Scottish Government for Improvements to the strategic road network.
A recent report (2nd June 2015) was submitted to The Moray Council Economic Development and Infrastructure committee to advise the Committee further on the dualling of the A96, including details on the process, key milestones, suggestions as to what the priorities might be within Elgin and where bypasses might be, in order of preference. The link to the report is available below:
Other earlier reports may be viewed below:
Economic Development & Infrastructure Services Committee dated 3rd September 2013 – Presentation by Transport Scotland http://www.moray.gov.uk/minutes/data/DC20130903M0.pdf (minutes)
Economic Development & Infrastructure Services Committee dated 24th January 2012 http://www.moray.gov.uk/minutes/data/DC20120124/Item%2015-Future%20A9-A96%20Dualling.pdf