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Weekend surfacing improvements are planned for the A96 between Thainstone and Port Elphinstone


By David Porter

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Sections of the A96 carriageway near Inverurie are set to benefit from surfacing improvements worth £1.23 million, with works set to get underway from Friday, January 21 at 7.30pm.

The improvements will address defects in the road surface on both sides of the A96 between Thainstone Roundabout and Port Elphinstone Roundabout, creating a safer and smoother road surface for motorists.

The project follows on from works completed in December on the carriageway between Kintore and Thainstone Roundabout.

The project is programmed to take place as follows:

Phase one – A96 between Thainstone Roundabout and Port Elphinstone Roundabout - Friday, January 21 to Monday 24.

The first phase of the project is scheduled to begin on Friday 21 at 7.30pm and is planned to take place over three days with operations programmed consecutively where possible to minimise the duration, with all works expected to be completed by 6.30am Monday 24 subject to weather conditions.

To ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists, a road closure will be in place on the northbound carriageway between Tavelty and Thainstone Roundabout.

Motorists will be diverted from the A96 at Broomhill Roundabout along the B987 towards Kintore, before travelling along the B994 towards Kemnay, then onto the B993 to Port Elphinstone Roundabout. Local access will be maintained as far as Thainstone Roundabout.

Phase two – A96 southbound between Port Elphinstone Roundabout and Thainstone Roundabout – Friday, February 4 to Monday 7.

The second phase of the project is scheduled to begin on Friday 4 February at 7.30pm and is planned to take place over three days with operations programmed consecutively where possible to minimise the duration, with all works expected to be completed by 6.30am Monday 7 subject to weather conditions.

To ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists, a road closure will be in place on the southbound carriageway between Port Elphinstone and Thainstone Roundabout.

Motorists will be diverted from the A96 at Port Elphinstone Roundabout onto the B993 towards Kenmay, then onto the B994 towards Kintore, then onto the B987 towards A96 Broomhill Roundabout, then onto the A96. Local access will be maintained at all times.

BEAR Scotland has announced the work on the A96.
BEAR Scotland has announced the work on the A96.

Commenting on the improvements, Ian Stewart, BEAR Scotland’s North East Unit Representative, said: “This £1.23M investment from Transport Scotland will greatly improve and strengthen these sections of the A96 between Thainstone Roundabout and Port Elphinstone Roundabout, as well as create a smoother and safer journey for motorists.

“The road closures on both the carriageways are essential for ensuring the safety of road workers and motorists however we’ve taken steps to limit the overall impact of the project by carrying out the work over two weekends and programming operations to take place consecutively where possible.

“We thank motorists for their patience in advance while our teams carry out these essential improvements on the A96.

"We encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date traffic information and allow some extra time to reach their destination.”

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or via the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.


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