Date lodged: 29 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether the dualled section of A96 between Inverurie and Bucksburn complies with being a category 7A all-purpose dual carriageway as set out in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB).
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 8 December 2016
The current characteristics of the section of the A96 between Inverurie and Bucksburn are in line with a Category 5 dual all-purpose carriageway, which is generally kerbed or has a 1m hardstrip, has gaps in the central reserve and allows at-grade roundabouts. Grade separation can also be a feature of Category 5 roads.
The Scottish Government, through the Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP) published in 2011, has committed to completing the dualling of the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen by 2030. This is an ambitious target, but one that underlines our commitment to connecting Scotland’s cities with a high quality transport system that will generate economic growth.
The project will deliver a consistent, safe and high standard of route between Inverness and Aberdeen. As the project progresses, the developing solutions will be fully reviewed at the appropriate stage to ensure that they provide a value for money solution and that they achieve the best possible outcomes in return for the significant investment which will be required.