Doubts over A96 dualling

Scotland’s transport minister has refused to confirm if the A96 will be dualled in full, instead promising that there will be a review to determine the way forward.

The Press and Journal reports there is a row brewing over the project because Conservatives in Scotland asked the Westminster Government to intervene if the SNP choose not to fully dual the route from Inverness to Inverurie.

The report says this comes after an exclusive interview on The Stooshie – the DC Thomson politics podcast – in which north-east Green MSP Maggie Chapman revealed she is confident it will “not be viable” to fully dual the route for environmental reasons.

The Press and Journal says Tess White, Conservative MSP for the north-east, asked Transport Minister Graeme Dey if he agreed with Ms Chapman, to which he said she is “entitled” to her view. He added he is “committed to the review process” which will “determine how we take this forward” but that the “current plan” is to fully dual the route.

(Picture – Google Streetview)


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