It's called planning for a reason

Twice in the past few months I have been in meetings where the line of the Aberdeen to Inverness dual carriageway was highlighted as being a burning issue for those with an interest in the future of this area.

The Inverurie by-pass was built at the same time as the A96 dual carriageway from Aberdeen to the Port Elphinstone roundabout. But, presumably to save cost, the new by-pass was constructed as a two-lane road.

Inverurie Town Hall
Before the by-pass was built, all traffic had to funnel through the centre of Inverurie

Now that the Scottish Government have committed to building a dual carriageway all the way from Aberdeen to Inverness, one might assume that the second carriageway would just be built alongside the the existing Inverurie by-pass to complete that section of the road.

But, there is a problem.

Despite the inevitability of a dual carriageway, the authorities have allowed building along the verge on both sides of the Inverurie by-pass. Now, there is simply not enough width for a dual carriageway.

If only our authorities had checked the dictionary (for the definition of the word “planning”) when the road was built.



Now, the development of the A96 corridor from Kintore to Pitcaple are up in the air as we wait to find out how Transport Scotland plan to overcome this issue.

It seems inevitable that there will need to be a new dual-carriageway route, by-passing the by-pass.
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