For Immediate Release: 22 September 2015

Attention: News desks


Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond has asked the Scottish Government to provide an update on the works to upgrade the A96 at Inveramsay in parliamentary questions at Holyrood.

The former First Minister, who also serves as MP for Gordon, lodged two questions in the Scottish Parliament this week, requesting the latest news on the major £10 million construction project which is well underway on the main route between Aberdeen and Inverness. He has also sought detail on what benefits will be realised by the communities along the A96 corridor once the works are completed early next year.

The much needed project, which will allow two-way traffic flow on the trunk road by 2016, sees the fulfilment of an election promise made by Mr Salmond when he became MSP for Gordon in 2007.  

The work involves construction of a new 1.5km section of the A96 between Inverurie and Pitcaple which will reduce journey times and congestion for commuters and business traffic.

It forms part of a package of significant infrastructure projects underway across the North East of Scotland which will provide a huge economic boost to the region.

Commenting, Alex Salmond said:

“The North East is seeing a billion pound bonus in transport spending, between the delivery of the AWPR, upgrading the main railway line from Aberdeen to Inverness and fixing the bottleneck on the A96 at Inveramsay.
“I look forward to the Scottish Government’s update on the works at the bridge, which people using the route regularly will see first-hand are well underway. 
“From next year, waiting on the lights to change at Inveramsay Bridge will be a thing of the past – great news for people living along the route and for business and tourist traffic too.”


Detail of parliamentary questions lodged by Alex Salmond below:

Question S4W-27596: Alex Salmond, Aberdeenshire East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/09/2015

To ask the Scottish Government what benefits it expects the completion of the 1.5 km section of the A96 at Inveramsay will bring to communities along the A96 corridor.

Current Status: Expected Answer date 06/10/2015

Question S4W-27595: Alex Salmond, Aberdeenshire East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/09/2015

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress with the upgrading of the A96 at Inveramsay.

Current Status: Expected Answer date 06/10/2015