Date lodged: 5 July 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what the timetable is for the dualling of the A96; how much the project will cost, and how much will be invested in the project by the end of the current parliamentary session.
Answered by: Keith Brown 9 August 2017
The Scottish Government has given a commitment to complete the dualling of the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen by 2030.
At this early stage of development it is difficult to give an accurate estimate of the cost of the dualling programme. The current estimated cost for the A96 Dualling Inverness to Aberdeen programme is expected to be similar to that of the A9 Dualling Programme and be in the region of £3 billion.
Design and preparation work on the A96 Dualling is well underway with estimated design and preparation spend in 2017-18 of £16.35m. This includes detailed ground investigation work on the A96 Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) section which is currently on-going and route options assessment work on the western section of the A96 between Hardmuir and Fochabers. We have also this month awarded a further design contract, worth up to £50 million, to carry out route options assessment and detailed design work on the eastern section of the A96 between east of Huntly and Aberdeen.