Nairn East Junction
|Nairn East Junction|
|Junctions related to the A939|
|Balmakeith Junction • Bridge of Avon (Tomintoul) • Bridge of Dava • Bridge of Gairn • Colnabaichin Bridge • Ferness Crossroads • Gairnshiel Bridge • Old Speybridge Junction • Speybridge Roundabout • Tomintoul|
Nairn East Junction is a proposed new junction on the A96 to the east of Nairn. It is to be constructed as part of the dualling plans for the A96 Nairn bypass. The new road will cross the old at the junction, sited a little to the east of the existing Auldearn turn off on the B9111. The Nairn bypass is due to pass to the south of the town, whilst the new Auldearn bypass will cross to the north of the village.
The junction, therefore will be a dumbbell on the existing Auldearn Bypass road. This seems curious, as the existing bypass will become almost redundant with the new road, and so a junction on the B9111 to more directly serve Auldearn seems more logical. Instead, however, the existing B9111 / A96 junction will be retained separately, with no direct link between the B9111 and the new A96. The main reason behind this seems to be management of the flood plain, and minimising the flood risk to property. It does, however, mean that both the mainline and sliproads of the new junction will pass over the existing B9111 on bridges.
|existing Auldearn bypass|