A96 ACTION PRESENTS VERIFIED ONLINE DUALLING DESIGN
Today (20th September 2019) the A96 Action group presented evidence to support their long held, evidence based position that online dualling of the A96 through Inverurie can be done – despite this option being taken off the table by Transport Scotland at an early stage in the assessment process.
The group unveiled a verified road design that clearly demonstrates that a Category 7A compliant Dual Carriageway road through Inverurie is entirely viable, without demolitions, with a fraction of the environmental impact of the Violet Route, at considerably lower cost and capable of being constructed far more quickly than the currently proposed routes. Over 50 local residents and business owners joined with Peter Chapman MSP, Lewis Macdonald MSP and Colin Clark MP to see and hear A96 Action’s plans.
The design drawings were presented to Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP, at Holyrood earlier in the week, with A96 Action very pleased to find the Minister receptive to the presentation.
A96 Action Chair, Lorna Anderson, said, ‘Our position has been from the start that online dualling using the existing A96 corridor at Inverurie is viable and was deselected too early on grounds that we believed were highly flawed. Our design drawings, which are DMRB (Design Manual for Roads and Bridges) compliant, clearly demonstrate this. This option makes the best economic, environmental and common sense and we call on the Transport Secretary to ensure that this option is back on the table.’