Rumbles welcomes removal of controversial A96 route around Bennachie

Commenting on plans for the dualling of the A96 east of Huntly, published by Transport Scotland today, North East MSP Mike Rumbles said:  “I’m delighted that the Scottish Government has decided to remove possible routes for the A96 that would damage the natural environment around Bennichie.

“I have no idea why it has taken so long for the minister and Transport Scotland to make this commitment. The option to divert the dual carriageway south of Inverurie and over the foothills of Bennachie should never have been on the table in the first place.


“I have met with the transport minister and local campaigners here in the Parliament on several occasions and I can categorically say that it is thanks to their tireless efforts that we are seeing this progress today.


“I look forward to exploring the options that have now been put forward and I will be watching to ensure that no concessions are made that could damage our iconic landscape.”




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