strategic roads

The trunk roads through the north east, the A90 and the A96, are managed and maintained by Transport Scotlandunder 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 committed to starting construction upon completion of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR). 

The Minister has now approved the recommended option as Transport Scotland's preferred option for the Haudagain. They will now check the performance of this option against the new local development plans that have been approved by the Local Authorities since the assessment of the Haudagain options was completed.  Preparatory works will be programmed by Aberdeen City Council once commitment is given to a construction timescale by the Government.

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 delivered in the period 2014/18.

 A90 Bridge of Dee

Nestrans has 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 pre-appraisal process is progressing and full details on the study can be found on the Aberdeen City Council website.

A96 Inveramsay Bridge

The Scottish Government has committed to upgrade the A96 at Inveramsay Bridge. Contracts have been let and the work is scheduled for completion by 2016.


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.