Published: 01/03/2018 08:55 - Updated: 28/02/2018 16:20

Choose your route for the dualled A96

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MORE details have been made public about possible routes for the new dual carriageway through Moray.

Supporters of the Burgie Horse Trials and of Macbeth's Hillock, the natural landmark outside Forres, have reason to celebrate.

Paying heed to continued local opposition over the past six months, the design team behind the project has decided against building the road over either site.

However, alternatives would involve chopping down woodland.

Three broad routes have now been identified by planners but, as they divide and reconnect in so many different ways, there are actually 34 different options.

One option has been redirected so that Kintessack would not be cut off from neighbouring communities.

Fuller details about all the options, plus the proposed designs of road junctions, are on display at Forres Town Hall today (Thursday) from noon-7pm.

Project manager, John MacIntyre, pointed out that it is impossible to build a road without upsetting someone.

He said: "We had 750 pieces of communication from the public after the potential routes were first presented last summer. We are looking for the best solution which requires a scientific approach that is evidence-based.

"That's why it takes such a long time."

In 2016, engineering company Mott MacDonald Sweco was awarded a £50million contract by Transport Scotland to survey the route, carry out public consultations and design the full stretch between Inverness and Aberdeen.

The cost of actually building the road has yet to be finalised.

The deadline for public comments is April 13. They should be emailed to

Alternatively, write to A96 Dualling Team, Transport House, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow, G4 0HF.

Detailed maps of the proposed routes through Moray can be found on Transport Scotland's website.

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