Hundreds give feedback on options for A96 dualling scheme

Hundreds of people went to the first of three “meet the team” events taking place this week for the long-awaited A96 dualling project.

Filling the Garioch Heritage Centre in Inverurie, hosts Transport Scotland welcomed the huge turnout.

Project manager John MacIntyre said: “We are at the information gathering stage and welcome any feedback online.

“A year from now we will come back with the route options and further on from there the preferred option with an additional two years for design.”

Three events were being held this week to let the public meet the people designing the east of Huntly to Aberdeen A96 dualling scheme.

A number of route options near Inverurie are being considered and some encroach upon Bennachie and the surrounding area.

After being formed to raise awareness of the possible danger to the landmark, the Save Bennachie Alliance now claims “tens of thousands” of supporters, including Mountaineering Scotland, the Bailies of Bennachie and the Woodland Trust.

Alliance secretary Margaret Garden, who attended Wednesday’s public exhibition, said: “Bennachie has been beloved by people not only in the Garioch, but nationally and internationally. It has been dubbed one of the most loved hills in Britain by the Royal Geological Society.”