|Location Map ( geo)|
|Transport Scotland Roads|
|Places related to the A96|
|Aberdeen • Elgin • Forres • Huntly • Inverness • Keith • Nairn|
The town of Inverurie is one of the larger settlements in Aberdeenshire and lies on the River Don to the west of Aberdeen. The town lies in the heart of the county, surrounded by farmland and is still an important service town for a wide area of the county, with supermarkets and retail parks immediately to the east of the historic town centre. There are industrial estates at the edge of town, particularly lying alongside the railway and at Port Elphinstone to the south, which was the end of a canal from Aberdeen, long since closed.
The main road past the town is the A96, which bypasses to the south west. Port Elphinstone marks the northern end of the dual carriageway from Aberdeen, although if the Scottish Government plans progress this will be extended until the whole of the A96 is upgraded to be dual carriageway by the 2030s. The old route through the town is now shared between the B993 at the southern end, the B9001 through the town centre and then an unclassified road to the north. There are, however, no other A roads in or indeed near to the town. However, in the past, the A981 started in Inverurie and ran north east to Oldmeldrum and ultimately Fraserburgh. The section south of New Deer is now the B9170.
The B993 has had a lengthy journey north east across Abeerdeenshire, starting on the B976 near Aboyne on Deeside, and finally coming to an end on the A947 to the east of Inverurie. The B9001 starts on it at the south end of Inverurie town centre, and follows the old A96 line north (having been re-routed from its old route along Harlaw Road) and then runs north west, slowly diverging from the A96 to reach the A97 north of Huntly. The other B road in the town is the B9170, which has been extended south west to the bypass, but runs north east to Oldmeldrum and then doubles back at New Deer to Turriff. All three routes are longer than average for B roads.
|Aberdeen, Dyce, Airport|
|Rothienorman||Previously signed for high vehicles to Inverness, but A96 now diverted over new railway bridge|
|Oldmeldrum||was A981, originally B9002|