A joint venture between Amey and Arup has won a contract worth up to £50m for preliminary works on the dualling of a 26-mile section of the A96 in Scotland.
Transport Scotland announced the intention to award the contract, subject to the mandatory standstill period.
The Amey Arup Joint Venture is due to start design work next month on the project to carry out route option assessment and detailed design work for dualling the eastern section of the A96 between east of Huntly and Aberdeen.
Keith Brown, the Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, said: ‘We are fully committed to dualling the A96, some 86 miles of upgraded road between Inverness and Aberdeen, by 2030.
‘The fact that four tenderers, including joint ventures, competed for this major contract is evidence of the interest in the market engendered by the infrastructure improvements this Government is delivering across the country including in the north.’
He added: ‘This major design contract marks a further milestone towards the dualling of the A96 with all the investment and improvements that it will bring to local economies right across the north of Scotland.
‘Road users will not only enjoy the benefits of improved journey time and reliability, better connectivity between destinations but also, crucially, improved road safety for all those who use this key artery connecting two of Scotland’s economic hubs.
‘In addition, this contract will also provide a huge boost for the local and national economy, with the successful bidder securing steady work for years to come and many more opportunities for small and medium enterprises through subcontracted work.’