A96 Inverness - Nairn

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Scheme Outline

Scheme details

Timescale
Post-2012
Status
In planning or on hold
Type
Bypass or realignment for use by all traffic
Cost
£ 375m
Authority
Transport Scotland
Region: Scotland
Finance
Scottish Government
Length
29 km
18 miles

Upgrading of the A96, including dualling between Inverness and Nairn, a new Nairn bypass, a new Inveramsay Bridge and new connection between the A9 and the A96 to provide relief for the Raigmore Interchange.

This scheme is in advance of the proposals to upgrade the whole A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness to dual carriageway, which is being advanced as a separate scheme to happen at a later date.

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Progress

26 August 2010 The start of detailed preparatory work was announced today. The results are expected next Spring.
6 December 2011 According to the Infrastructure Investment Plan released today, this scheme is not expected to start until 2017 at the earliest.
6 February 2012 Public exhibitions on the scheme are taking place today and tomorrow.
26 November 2014 Preferred route has been identified and public exhibitions have been held.
13 February 2015
10 February 2016 Preferred Option design updates (in response to public consultation) were exhibited in early February 2016.
26 March 2016 Drilling for ground investigation has begun and will take place over a 20 week period.
28 March 2016 The new Inveramsay Bridge opened on 18 March.

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More information

Official website
Transport Scotland: A96 Inverness to Nairn including Nairn Bypass

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Other schemes on the A96

CBRD also has details on the following road schemes happening on the A96.

With thanks to Duncan Macknight, Toby Speight, Gerry McKenna, Owen Rudge and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.

This scheme was last updated on 4 April 2016.