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A96 Nairn Bypass proposals on public display

Published: 19 Jan 2016 11:05
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Locals to be given chance to view proposed A96 Inverness to Nairn dualling scheme changes.

Locals and road users are to be given the chance to view proposed changes to the A96 Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) dualling scheme.

A series of drop-in sessions are being held in early February in Culloden and Nairn when the public will be able to view and comment on the proposed changes to the preferred option for the scheme which was announced in October 2014.

The ongoing design work along with the public consultation process have resulted in a number of changes to the scheme.

Along with the proposed changes, communities will be able to see our developing proposals for non-motorised users, including cyclists.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Keith Brown said:

‪"The Scottish Government has given a clear commitment to dual the A96 which will see delivery of around 88 miles of upgraded road between Inverness and Aberdeen, a huge task but one we are relishing.

‪"Dualling the A96 requires careful, in-depth planning and design so that we deliver the right scheme and help tackle congestion, make journey times more reliable and, crucially, improve road safety.

‪"Having announced the preferred option in October 2014 for the 19-mile section between Inverness and Nairn, which includes a bypass at Nairn, we are now giving the public the opportunity to see the changes we propose to the route following public feedback and ongoing design development.

"I would encourage everyone with an interest in this important scheme to come along to one of the drop-in sessions next month or view the changes online."

‪As the Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) scheme is further progressed, individuals, communities and businesses affected by the work will be kept fully informed and their vital feedback taken into account.

Notes to editors

Details of the Drop-in sessions:

Wednesday 3 February 2016 – 12 noon – 7 pm –The Barn Church, Culloden House Avenue, Culloden, Inverness IV2 7AB.

‪Thursday 4 and Friday 5 February 2016 – 12 noon – 7 pm – Nairn Community and Arts Centre, King Street, Nairn IV12 4BQ

Representatives from Transport Scotland's A96 Dualling team and their design consultants will be available to answer questions on the design work and proposed changes to the preferred option as we look to publish draft Orders for the scheme later in 2016.