Transport Scotland has invited design consultancies to bid for the latest A96 dualling contract, worth an estimated £50m.
The contract covers the eastern section of the A96 upgrade
The contract covers a 26-mile stretch of the A96 from east of Huntly to Aberdeen - the eastern section of the Scottish Government’s programme to dual the road from Inverness to Aberdeen by 2030.
The notice for the contract gives the estimated total value of the work at £50m.
Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, said: ‘When this contract is awarded later this year, design work for the eastern 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 boost for the local and national economy.
‘At the same time, we are progressing other parts of the A96 Dualling programme with draft Orders published for the Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) late last year and design work underway for the western section between Hardmuir and Fochabers.’
Separately, Mr Brown has launched what he described as ‘an exciting new training module’ to help teachers involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects raise awareness about the Scottish Government’s A9 dualling programme in the areas of engineering, ecology, geology and sustainability.
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