A design contract notice worth up to £50M for the A96 dualling programme has been published today.
The contract covers around 29 miles of the western section of the A96 east of Auldearn to east of Fochabers.
Scottish Government cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities Keith Brown said: “This major contract marks a further milestone towards the dualling of the A96 with all the investment and improvements that will bring to the Highland’s and north-east of Scotland.
“The publication of this contract notice marks another significant milestone in a dualling programme that will deliver a number of benefits when completed, including improved journey time and reliability, improved connectivity and improved road safety for all those who use this key artery connecting two of Scotland’s economic hubs.
“With the Scottish Government making major infrastructure investment in projects like the A9, new Queensferry Crossing and recently completed Borders Railway, this contract for the A96 further underlines the significant investment we are making in our transport network across Scotland.
“When this contract is awarded early next year, design work for the western section will step up a gear with route option assessment work getting underway. This contract will also provide the successful bidders with steady work for years to come and many more opportunities for small and medium enterprises through subcontracted work, so it will be a boost for the local and national economy.
“With construction of our £3bn A9 dualling programme having now started – the first government ever to have committed to delivering – combined with our work to dual the A96 will ensure communities across Scotland get the 21st century road network they rightly deserve.”
Earlier this year a major design contract worth £30 million for the Inverness to Nairn section of the A96 dualling programme was awarded to Jacobs UK. Details of the programme can be found here.