Emails suggest A96 dualling pledge abandoned earlier than thought

It’s being claimed the promise to dual the A96 by 2030 was quietly dropped more than three years ago – even though officially the deadline hasn’t been dropped at all. The Northern Scot Newspaper in an exclusive report says it’s seen emails which show then-Transport Secretary Michael Matheson MSP, civil servants and Transport Scotland officials […]

Scottish Conservative leader criticises delays to A96 dualling plans

A year after the Scottish Government said it would reveal its plan for the under-threat A96 dualling project, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has called the delay “completely unacceptable”. The Inverness Courier newspaper says the outcome of the A96 Corridor Review had been promised to be published “by the end of 2022”, according to the […]

Scottish Transport Secretary vague over dualling timetables

The new Scottish Transport Secretary Mairi McAllan has failed to confirm if an expected update on dualling the A9 will include dates for the remaining sections waiting to be upgraded. The Press and Journal newspaper reports there is also little clarity about the A96 dualling timetable, after questions over the impact of a climate report. […]

Notorious A96 junction gets safety upgrade

A junction on the A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness is getting new road signs and markings after 11 personal injury crashes were recorded along its stretch in just three years. Grampian online says the improvements at Colpy follow a campaign by local Conservative MSP Alexander Burnett, who wrote to the Scottish Government expressing fears over […]

Support sought for Elgin bypass

A Council in the Scottish Highlands is being asked to give its backing for a bypass around the town of Elgin, amid concerns about a commitment to road improvements in the area. Councillors in Moray are raising concerns with the Scottish Government over slow progress on dualling the A96. The Press and Journal newspaper reports […]

A96 contractor shuts office over scheme doubts

It’s reported that one of the contractors working on the scheme to turn the A96 into a dual carriageway has closed an office in Forres, between Inverness and Elgin, because of doubts over whether the work will actually happen. Last October Scotland’s transport minister has refused to confirm if the A96 will be dualled in […]

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 […]


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