Strategic Roads

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).

View the project page on Transport Scotland’s website

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.

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.

View the project page on Transport Scotland’s website

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. On 26 June 2017, Transport Scotland announced the intention to award a contract worth up to £50 million to Amey Arup Joint Venture, to carry out route option assessment and detailed design work for dualling the 26-mile eastern section of the A96 between east of Huntly and Aberdeen.

View project updates on Transport Scotland’s website


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.