The design consultancies have been invited to tender for the design work for the western section of the A96 Dualling programme – a 29-mile stretch between Hardmuir and Fochabers.
A96 Dualling programme Hardmuir-Fochabers
- CH2M/Fairhurst Joint Venture
- Mott MacDonald/Grontmij
Scottish cabinet secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Keith Brown said: “This major contract marks a further milestone towards the dualling of the A96 with all the investment and improvements that will bring to the Highlands and north-east of Scotland.
“When this contract is awarded later this spring, design work for the western section will step up a gear with route option assessment work getting underway.
“This contract will also provide the successful bidders with steady work for years to come and many more opportunities for small and medium enterprises through subcontracted work, so it will be a significant boost for the local and national economy.
He added: “With construction of the first section of our £3bn A9 dualling programme now well underway and the first section between Kincraig and Dalraddy due to finish next summer– combined with our work to dual the A96, we will ensure communities across Scotland get the 21st century road network they rightly deserve.”