Transport Scotland state on their website today:
"A contract worth at least £30 million to take forward the detailed design work for the first section of the Scottish Government’s ambitious A96 dualling programme is up for grabs.
Transport Scotland today published the contract notice to begin the process to appoint a multi-disciplinary consultant to take forward the development, assessment and promotion of the preferred option for A96 Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) scheme.
Details of the preferred option are expected to be announced this October.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “The Scottish Government has given a clear commitment to dual the A96 by 2030, delivering around 86 miles of upgraded road between Inverness and Aberdeen. This contract when awarded will be worth at worth at least £30 million, and reinforces our determination to invest in this road and all of our city-to-city roads to bring them up to full dual carriageway standard.
“Dualling the A96 is a significant undertaking which requires careful, in-depth planning and design to ensure that we deliver the right scheme to help tackle congestion and provide better journey time reliability and road safety for all users.
"In addition to the preliminary work we are undertaking on the whole of the A96 corridor, we are currently progressing the route option assessment work for the 30 km Inverness to Nairn including Nairn Bypass scheme, and expect to announce a preferred option for this scheme later this year when our plans will go on public display.
“The contract notice being published today will allow us to appoint a design consultant early next year to develop the preferred option and look to publish draft orders for the scheme in 2016.”
As the scheme is progressed, individuals, communities and businesses affected by the work will be kept fully informed and their vital feedback taken into account"
Transport Scotland site is here.
Imagine a wee country that invests its oil wealth in its own infrastructure - instead of an M25 or a Crossrail or a Chunnel or an HS2 or Trident.
That should have been our past 30 years.
Next month lets ensure that it is our future!
"Imagine a wee country that invests ... in its own infrastructure"
The Scottish Government already has - the Edinburgh trams farce, and the new bridge to Edinburgh that wasn't needed, are their legacy to date.
Trams were questionable but look at the costs of the likes of the M25 that Scots paid towards, way over budget
The current road bridge will wear out, but it's a major artery, Look at the upheaval the repairs to the Kessock Bridge caused and multiple that many times
Scotland at the moment pays for major infrastructure work in the whole of the UK. Left to our own devices we would enjoy much more of that ourselves
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