A96 bottleneck uncorked

An upgrade to a notorious bottleneck on the A96 at Inveramsay Bridge in Scotland is set to open under traffic management tomorrow (18 March).

The £10.2 million infrastructure project which will carry the A96 over the Aberdeen-Inverness railway line, will end queuing at lights, improve journey time reliability and reduce the risk of bridge strikes and associated disruption.

Delivering this transport scheme underlines the Scottish government’s wider commitment to improve transport connections right across the region.

Transport Minister Derek MacKay said: “For years drivers and local communities who use this section of the A96 have endured delays to their journeys with this bottleneck earning notoriety as one of the worst in the country. The old rail bridge was simply not fit for purpose and is why the Scottish government committed to tackling a unique set of engineering challenges to help bring the A96 at this location up to 21st century standards.”

Balfour Beatty managing director, George Hood, said: “Balfour Beatty are delighted to have been working in close collaboration with Transport Scotland’s team to bring this project to a successful conclusion.”

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