WHY THIS IS THE WRONG WAY FOR THE A96
Why we feel the proposed routes north of Inverurie should be rejected.
We believe the Violet route north and east of Inverurie will be significantly more expensive than other possible options, in particular upgrading the short section of single carriageway on the existing A96 route which seems to have been discounted without sound rationale.
The complexity of structures, extra length, impact on agricultural land and the number of properties directly affected means this the north routes make no financial sense.
There are many serious environmental implications associated with the proposed north routes including potential to increase the local flood risk, significant loss of prime agriculture, and the unnecessary generation of large amounts of CO2 emissions. It also has a significant impact on unspoiled countryside, bringing visual, air and noise pollution.
NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE
The purpose of the proposed dualling around Inverurie is to alleviate local congestion and allow the flow-through of traffic between Inverness and Aberdeen. The routes do not adequately address this issue and Transport Scotland have failed to propose the most logical of solutions... widening the short existing section of single carriageway.