Transport Scotland has today announced the intention to award the contract for the next phases of design for the junction upgrade to Amey. The contract award will see Amey undertake route option assessment work and develop a preferred junction option, leading to the preparation of draft road Orders.
Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf said:
“Earlier this year we announced £24 million for the design and construction of a new grade-separated junction at Laurencekirk as part of as part of a package of additional investment alongside the Aberdeen City Region Deal.
“We are committed to completing this important upgrade as soon as possible and the appointment of design consultants means we are now stepping up the work to deliver this much-needed scheme for the people of the north east as soon as possible.
“We have been working hard with the two local authorities and Nestrans and we will continue that partnership approach so we can bring improved road safety and economic benefits to road users and the local community in Laurencekirk and the north Angus area.
“The planned improvements at Laurencekirk add to our already impressive transport infrastructure investment portfolio in the north east which includes the £745 million AWPR, improved road access on the A96 at Inveramsay Bridge which is now open to traffic, dualling the A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness, major improvements to the Aberdeen to Inverness rail line, and the ongoing design work to remove the notorious bottleneck at Haudagain roundabout.”
Amey is a leading provider of roads design services in Scotland, with 21,000 people working for it across the world. The design work for the Laurencekirk Junction Improvements scheme will be led by teams based in Scotland. Amey have been working for many years with Transport Scotland and are currently responsible for maintaining the motorways and trunk road network in the South East of Scotland as well as the Forth Bridges. Together with Ferrovial, their sister company, and other partners, they are also involved in the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project. They have also been involved in designing a number of other road schemes in Scotland including the A77 Maybole Bypass.