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Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Minister Urged To Consider A96 Cost Saving Measures

Friday, October 28th, 2016

A Green MSP has written to the transport minister urging him to consider “cost saving options” for the A96 dualling project.

Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie wants the minister to opt for roundabouts instead of costly grade separated junctions. The party’s transport spokesperson says that savings delivered from the decision should then be directed towards “environmentally friendly projects” such as upgrading the Aberdeen/Inverness rail line.

John Finnie MSP said:

“The Scottish Government seems completely committed to its destructive road building programme, nonetheless it should make every effort to reduce exorbitant road-building costs.

“My understanding is that the proposal is for there to be grade separated junctions on the new dualled sections. Roundabouts are considerably cheaper to construct than grade separated junctions and the eastern section of the A96 is already dualled between Aberdeen and Inverurie with entry and exit via roundabouts rather than by way of grade separated junctions.

“The transport minister has indicated his willingness to consider cost saving options and if the Scottish Government plans to continue with the dualling project I would push for roundabouts rather than grade separated junctions. I would also urge that the significant savings delivered from this be directed to more environmentally friendly projects such as the upgrade of the Aberdeen/Inverness rail line and to meet the Scottish Government’s vision on active travel initiatives.”