- A96 road
The A96 is a major
roadin the Northof Scotland.
It runs gernerally west/north-west from
Aberdeen, bypassing Kintore, Inverurie, Huntly and Forres, and running through Keith, Fochabers, Elgin and Nairn. The road terminates at the A9 outside of Inverness.
The road begins with a junction with the A956 near King Street in Aberdeen City Centre, as a
dual carriagewayand goes on to form part of the huge 'Mounthooly Roundabout'. It then exits Aberdeen to the North West, meeting the A90 at the Haudagain Roundabout, a notoriously busy junction. It then passes Bucksburn, and has a junction with Aberdeen Airport. The road is then dual carriageway until Inverurie, where it becomes single carriageway until just before it meets the A9 in Inverness.
The A96 has a poor safety record in the substantial single carriageway section. Debate about a new section of road to bypass Fochabers has been ongoing for a number of years. When the new bridge was built over the
River Spey(in about 1970), it was built to be in line with a possible northern route. It has been agreed to build one, but debate continues over the route.
The A96 was formerly part of the
Euroroutesystem, of route E120 which ran in a circular route between Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundeeand Perth.
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