The trunk roads through the north east, the A90 and the A96, are managed and maintained by Transport Scotland under licence to BEAR Scotland.
Nestrans champions the case for improvements to the strategic road network, which provides vital links not just for car drivers, but also for bus services and freight.
A90/A96 Haudagain Roundabout
Nestrans commissioned a study using Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) to identify options to improve traffic flow at the Haudagain roundabout. The option development was linked to the wider regeneration masterplan work for the surrounding Middlefield area. A preferred option was identified and endorsed by Nestrans and the Councils and the report was submitted to the Minister for Transport, who has approved ther reccomended option and has committed to starting construction upon completion of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).
The ground investigations for the scheme began on Tuesday 9 May to allow Transport Scotland to get essential information on the existing ground conditions in the vicinity of the Haudagain roundabout so work can start once the AWPR is complete.
A90 Balmedie to Tipperty dualling
Having considered the findings of the public local inquiry, the Transport Minister gave the go ahead for the upgrade on 27 January 2011. Construction of the scheme is linked to the AWPR and is therefore scheduled to be completed in winter 2017/18. Updates on the AWPR/B-T project can be found on the Transport Scotland website.
A90 Bridge of Dee
Nestrans commissioned a study using the methodologies set out in Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) and the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB). The STAG Part 1 and Draft Part 2 can be found, along with more information, on the Aberdeen City Council website.
A90 Laurencekirk Junction Improvement Scheme
In January 2016, the Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown, as part of the additional funding associated with the City Region Deal, announced £24million of funding from future Scottish government budgets over the next five to ten years to take forward the design and construction of a grade separated junction on the A90 at Laurencekirk.
Transport Scotland has appointed Amey to undertake route option assessment work and develop a preferred junction option, leading to the preparation of draft road Orders. Nestrans has shared previous work and will be part of the Partnership Group overseeing the project along with Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire and Angus Councils.
A96 Dualling Aberdeen to Inverness
The Scottish Government’s Infrastructure and Investment Plan set out the aim to dual the A96 (T) between Aberdeen and Inverness by 2030.
Transport Scotland announced on 4 April 2017 that Aecom, Amey Arup Joint Venture, Atkins WSP Joint Venture and Jacobs are to be invited to bid for the contract for a 26 mile stretch of the A96 from east of Huntly to Aberdeen. The contract for up to £50M of works is expected to be awarded later this year.
Once awarded the route option assessment work will commence and design work for the eastern section will get fully underway.
Ensuring these roads are maintained and improved to meet the needs of the north east is a key element of the Regional Transport Strategy (RTS). Other major routes in the Nestrans area are the responsibility of the 2 local authorities. Local road improvements are not specifically included in the RTS although in many cases these projects provide benefit to the strategic road network and contribute towards strategic objectives. In such instances, Nestrans will support local authorities in bringing forward projects through their Local Transport Strategies.