FOI reference: FOI/17/01682
Date received: 7 July 2017
Date responded: 28 July 2017
In regard to the A96 dualling proposal (Hardmuir to Fochabers) I was advised at the recent Public Consultation that the routes now identified are the remaining viable options, from which a Preferred Option would be identified late 2018.
There were previously several more options which I was advised have now been discounted for various reasons after assessment and review.
In order for these options to have been discounted an assessment of all options (remaining and discounted) must have taken place.
Can I please see the criteria used for this assessment, and the results (ratings) for all routes (discounted and remaining).
As the information you have requested is 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.
This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
Assessment information requested is detailed in the attachments below.
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