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West Garioch Councillor Welcomes Inveramsay Announcement

>> 9 February 2012

SNP councillor for West Garioch, Allison Grant, has welcomed Transport Minister Keith Brown’s confirmation of funding to start construction at Inveramsay Bridge on the A96.

Commenting, Councillor Grant said:

“I’m delighted at this news.  This represents real progress over a very short period of time since the SNP Government came to power.

“When one considers the length of time the Liberals were in office in the previous Scottish Executive with absolutely no action whatsoever taken to deal with this issue, it’s a bit rich for Liberal MPs and MSPs to jump on this particular bandwagon.”

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“Today’s announcement of budget allocations will see investment of nearly £72 million in our transport infrastructure right across Scotland.

“We recognise the enormous role that Scotland’s strategic road network plays in to improving journey times, relieving congestion and making our roads even safer for our communities and businesses.

“That is why we are allocating £8 million to two key schemes in the North-east of Scotland.

“£5 million is being invested towards the £12-15m Inveramsay Bridge on the A96 to ensure that work on an improved structure can begin.  This funding will go a significant way towards funding the construction costs for the scheme.  While this is subject to completion of the statutory process, the works will remove the need for the existing traffic signals, remove congestion and reduce delays for road users on one of the north of Scotland’s main arterial routes. “

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