Published: 20/09/2016 12:26 - Updated: 20/09/2016 12:32

Public invited to see options for A96 dual Forres bypass

WHAT route would you prefer the new dualled A96 to take past Forres?

The options of local interest mooted last year
The options of local interest mooted last year

The community is being invited to express opinion on options for the 28-mile stretch between Hardmuir and Fochabers at a Meet the Team event next month.

During a public consultation last summer, it was revealed that three options were on the table: the ‘Route B Study Area’ going north or south of Forres, and the ‘Route N Study Area’ following a corridor through Rafford and the Pluscarden valley to the east of Fochabers.

This October, consultants Mott MacDonald Sweco Joint Venture, including the scheme stakeholder coordinator, will be available to answer questions on early design and assessment work being carried out on the project.

The Scottish Government are committed to dualling the A96 and upgrading around 88 miles of road between Inverness and Aberdeen.

Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown pointed out the huge task will involve in-depth planning and design to help tackle congestion, make journey times more reliable and improve road safety.

He said: "Having awarded the £50 million design contract earlier this year for the section between Hardmuir and Fochabers, we are in the early stages of developing route options for the scheme and expect to consult on these later next year.

"The feedback received following exhibitions held along the A96 corridor last May will be taken into account during the development and assessment of route options for this section of the route."

He added: "Meet the Team is an opportunity for locals and road users to hear first-hand from the people designing the route.

"As we progress the route options assessment stage, further public consultations will be undertaken as part of our rolling programme of engagement to ensure that communities, businesses and individuals affected by the work are kept fully informed and their vital feedback taken into account."

Material from the event will be available from noon on Tuesday, October 4 at http://www.transport.gov.scot/project/a96-hardmuir-fochabers

The public event itself will be at the Ramnee Hotel on Wednesday October, 5 from noon- 7pm.

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