Four companies are in the running for a £50 million design contract to dual the A96 in Scotland.
The design consultancies or joint ventures have been invited to tender for the design work for the western section of the A96 dualling programme – a 29 mile stretch between Hardmuir and Fochabers.
- AECOM Limited
- Amey Arup Joint Venture
- CH2M Fairhurst Joint Venture
- Mott MacDonald Grontmij Joint Venture
Cabinet Secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities Keith Brown said: “This major contract marks a further milestone towards the dualling of the A96 with all the investment and improvements that will bring to the Highlands and north-east of Scotland.
“The breadth of interest from the industry is testament to the importance of this major infrastructure project and again underlines the significant investment that this government is making in the transport network across Scotland.
“When this contract is awarded later this spring, design work for the western section will step up a gear with route option assessment work getting underway. This contract will also provide the successful bidders with steady work for years to come and many more opportunities for small and medium enterprises through subcontracted work, so it will be a significant boost for the local and national economy.”