MSPs welcome progress on Inveramsay improvements


Dennis Robertson MSP and Alex Salmond MSP have welcomed an announcement from Transport Scotland that the improvements at Inveramsay Bridge have moved a step closer to being delivered. 

Following public consultation last October, the “road over rail river route” option has now been chosen to progress this key infrastructure upgrade.

A £5 million Scottish Government investment, announced in February as part of budget consequentials, will enable works to get underway on the multi-million pound scheme.

The notorious bottleneck on the A96 road at Inveramsay sees the road narrow down to a single lane when it passes under the rail bridge near Inverurie.  The route is a major Scottish road artery, connecting Aberdeen with Inverness.  

Dennis Robertson, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, said:

“I am pleased a design has now been selected to carry out these important improvements to the A96 bottleneck at the Inveramsay Bridge. I look forward to the completion of this work, which will allow my constituents, and those visiting my constituency, to do so without the delay at the traffic signals.

“This was recognised by the Scottish Government as a vital issue affecting those living and working in Aberdeenshire and, as such, they remain committed to delivering the improvements within this parliamentary term.

“After years of inaction from previous administrations, the SNP Government is making significant progress on this upgrade that will improve business links and promote economic growth in the area.

“The fact we are delivering on this important route in the face of huge Westminster cuts, is testament to our commitment to improving this stretch of road.

“The changes will benefit everyone, from individuals to businesses, and I am delighted that another step has been taken in this essential project.”

First Minister and MSP for Aberdeenshire East, Alex Salmond, added:

“These vital works will see improved journey times and reduced congestion for commuters and businesses alike, and I am delighted that we are a step closer to seeing the upgrade take shape.

“After the well attended public consultation, the chosen option will bring increased safety, keep disruption on the current route to a minimum and also deliver the best value for the public purse.

“After years of inaction by the previous administration and after almost 30 years of Lib Dem representation in the constituency, the news that the improvements are due to get underway during this parliamentary term, subject to the completion of statutory processes, will be welcome news in the area.

“These much needed improvements are now being delivered as a result of the Scottish Government’s commitment to the project and everyone who uses the A96 to enter and leave my constituency will benefit from the smoother traffic flow and reduced journey times.”