Local SNP Councillors Welcome Inveramsay Bridge Plans

>> 27 October 2011

Local SNP councillors Allison Grant (West Garioch) and Bryan Stuart (Inverurie & District) have welcomed the plans on display this week for upgrading the A96 Inveramsay Bridge.

Transport Scotland is staging an exhibition of the proposed options this week at Inverurie Golf Club for the public is to get the chance to view proposed options for the improvement works.

The works are planned to 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 routes.

Commenting after visiting the exhibition, West Garioch councillor Allison Grant said:

“I am delighted with the excellent progress the Scottish Government has made with the plans for improvements to the Inveramsay Bridge. I am pleased that there are a number of options available for the public to consider and comment on.”

Inverurie & District councillor Bryan Stuart added:

“A lot of work has gone into the options on display in Inverurie today, which are of particular interest to local residents at Inveramsay and Pitcaple. The existing bridge has to be replaced for those living in the area to enjoy the full benefit of the AWPR when it is delivered.

“It is vital for the economy of the North of Scotland that a smooth-flowing and safe two-lane proposal becomes reality as soon as possible after years of neglect of this issue by previous Westminster-focussed politicians.”

Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to improving traffic flow on the A96 at the Inveramsay Bridge. That is why Finance Secretary John Swinney announced the go ahead to progress the scheme as part of the Spending Review in September 2011.

“The decision on which is the most effective route to take forward will take account of several factors, such as the environment, engineering considerations, potential disruption during construction and value for money. It is anticipated that Transport Scotland will complete the selection of a preferred route by next Spring.”

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