Mott MacDonald and Sweco will begin design work on dualling of A96 next month

A joint venture between Mott MacDonald and Sweco has been awarded a contract worth up to £50m to dual the A96 in Scotland.

The JV will begin work on route option assessment and detailed design work for dualling the 29-mile western section of the A96 between Auldearn and Fochabers next month.

Scotland’s new transport minister, Humza Yousaf said: “We remain steadfast in our commitment to upgrade Scotland’s trunk road network which includes dualling the entire length of the A96, some 86 miles of upgraded road between Inverness and Aberdeen, by 2030.

“This major design contract marks a further milestone towards the dualling of the A96 with all the investment and improvements that it will bring to local economies right across the north of Scotland.”