From Transport Scotland:
An online consultation starting today (12 May) is seeking views on existing issues along the A96 corridor, and the kind of opportunities that could be realised in the future. Transport Scotland is seeking a better understanding of how the A96 corridor is used, particularly given the changes to everyone’s lives due to Covid-19 pandemic, and the extent to which the climate emergency makes a difference to how people travel on the A96 in the future.
This initial consultation is in the form of a digital survey supported by an online Story Map. Full details of review, the survey and Story Map can be found on the Transport Scotland website: A96 Corridor Review
The A96 is the trunk road linking the cities of Inverness and Aberdeen. In August 2021, the Scottish Government and Scottish Green Party Parliamentary Group agreed a Cooperation Agreement and a shared policy programme. As part of this, various agreed principles regarding investment in the transport network were set out. In relation to the A96, the Scottish Government committed to take forward a transport enhancements programme on the A96 corridor that will improve connectivity between surrounding towns, tackle congestion and address safety and environmental issues. This will include:
- dualling from Inverness to Nairn
- bypassing of Nairn, Keith, Elgin and Inverurie accompanied by measures to remove through traffic from the by-passed town centres
- targeted road safety improvements where needed, for example between Fochabers and Huntly and Inverurie to Aberdeen
- the development of an A96 “Electric Highway”
The A96 Corridor Review will cover the transport corridor from Raigmore Interchange at Inverness to Craibstone Junction at Aberdeen. The review findings will be used to test current plans for dualling outwith the Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) scheme, which runs from Inverness to Hardmuir and already has Ministerial consent.
The review will take into account the higher reliance of car use in rural areas of the corridor when compared with urban centres. Reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2045 is a key part of the Scottish Government’s policy to address the global climate emergency along with its policies to encourage the use of low emission vehicles in travel options.
Public engagement is a vital part of the review. The purpose of the Story Map is to keep you informed with the progress of the A96 Corridor Review and allow you to feed-in to the review by completing consultation surveys. The A96 Corridor Review Story Map will provide you with an overview of key details of the A96 Corridor Review, what it is looking at, and how you can input into the review.
For the best experience we recommend viewing this interactive Story Map using a desktop/laptop. Although the Story Map is compatible on handheld devices, such as mobile phones and tablets, some of the maps may not work as expected and images may be altered or cropped. Our Story Map is also compatible with most web-browsers available, however if you do experience any issues we recommend using Google Chrome for best results. You can also access the PDF version of the Story Map if you do experience any issues.
The consultation is now live and will close for responses on the 10 June 2022.