Community council discusses A96 dualling

At last night’s meeting of Kintore and District Community Council, the controversial plans for dualling the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness route were discussed.

At the meeting there was widespread dissatisfaction that the authorities had allowed a situation where the existing A96 Inverurie bypass was not, apparently, capable of being upgraded to dual carriageway. This seems clearly to be the best and most cost-effective solution.

Some of the attendees understood that there had been a prohibition of building alongside the route to allow for a future second carriageway.

While there were differing views at the meeting as to whether the north east green and purple route, or the south and west orange route were least bad, there was universal concern about the huge bridge that would be needed across the River Don at Tavelty.

This would not only be a visual intrusion, but – with the sensitivity of water flow on the River Don flood plain, following the 2016 floods – there were real concerns about the impact of the bridge on potential floods in Port Elphinstone, Inverurie and Kintore itself.

The November meeting of the community council, on Tuesday, November 20, is just two days before the deadline for representations to be submitted, so it was agreed that the matter should be further discussed then.

Most important, between now and November 22, is to encourage everyone to study the details and the route options

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  2. Send their comments on the proposed routes. by email to:, or by post to: A96 Dualling Team, Transport Scotland, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow G4 0HF by November 22, 2018. (Include your name, address and postcode.)
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