A96 Dualling

Transport Scotland plans to dual the vital A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen.

Dualling the A96 will involve the upgrade of 88 miles of single carriageway between the cities of Inverness and Aberdeen.

About the project

In December 2011, the Scottish Government published its Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP), which provides an overview of plans for infrastructure investment over the coming decades.

The IIP contains a commitment to dualling the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen by 2030 and the A9 between Perth and Inverness by 2025, thus completing the dual carriageway network between all Scottish cities by 2030.

This is supported by the Scottish Government’s Scotland’s Cities: Delivering for Scotland which focused on developing and promoting economic growth through the key assets of Scotland’s cities and their regions including the improvement of interurban connectivity and reduced journey time between cities.

Dualling the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen will improve the operational performance and level of service by:

  • Reducing journey times
  • Improving journey time reliability

It will also improve safety for motorised and non-motorised users by:

  • Reducing accident rates and severity
  • Reducing driver stress

In addition, dualling the A96 will benefit the towns to be bypassed by:

  • Reducing severance
  • Improving environmental conditions

Project Updates

Public Exhibitions

Transport Minister Keith Brown A series of public exhibitions were held at nine venues along the A96 during the weeks commencing 11, 18 and 25 November 2013 to give the public an opportunity to view updated information about Scottish Government plans to dual the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen.

The exhibitions included information on the preliminary engineering assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment for the A96 Dualling programme as well as route option assessment work on the A96 between Inverness and Nairn, including the Nairn Bypass.

Transport Minister Keith Brown is pictured at the exhibition launch.

The consultation period following the exhibitions closed on 31 January 2014 and Transport Scotland are considering all responses received.

The project team can be contacted by e-mail to a96dualling@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk or alternatively by post to:
A96 Dualling team, 
Transport Scotland,
Buchanan House
58 Port Dundas Road
Glasgow G4 0HF

A96 Dualling panels pdf 3MB
A96 Dualling leaflet pdf 6MB
A96 Inverness to Nairn (incl. Nairn Bypass) panels pdf 3.79KB
A96 Inverness to Nairn leaflet (print version) pdf 6MB
A96 Inverness to Nairn leaflet (web Version) pdf 3MB

Feedback form for both A96 Dualling and A96 Inverness to Nairn (incl. Nairn Bypass) pdf 532KB

Latest update - Maps

Below are a series of detailed maps showing the various options for the A96 Inverness to Nairn and related work on a Nairn Bypass.

The exhibition venues were as follows:

Tuesday 12 November, 12 noon – 7pm
Golf View Hotel, The Seafront, 63 Seabank Road, Nairn, IV12 4HD

Wednesday 13 November, 12 noon – 7pm
Inverness Town House, High Street, Inverness, IV1 1JJ

Friday 15 November, 12 noon – 7pm
Ramnee Hotel, Victoria Road, Forres, Moray, IV36 3BN

Tuesday 19 November, 12 noon – 7pm
Longmore Hall, Banff Road, Keith, AB55 5HA

Wednesday 20 November, 12 noon – 7pm
New Elgin & Ashgrove Public Hall, Land Street, Elgin, IV30 6BL

Thursday 21 November, 12 noon – 7pm
The Gordon Arms Hotel, The Square, Huntly, AB54 8AF

Wednesday 27 November, 12 noon – 7pm
Dyce Parish Church Hall, Victoria Street, Dyce, Aberdeen, AB21 7BE

Thursday 28 November, 12 noon – 7pm
The Acorn Centre, West High Street, Inverurie, AB51 3SA

Friday 29 November, 12 noon – 7pm
The Fochabers Public Institute, 15 High Street, Fochabers, IV32 7EP