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Invitation for public to have a say on plans to improve notorious Highland traffic bottleneck

By Val Sweeney

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Plans to redesign Inshes roundabout will be the subject of a public consultation.
Plans to redesign Inshes roundabout will be the subject of a public consultation.

An online public consultation will begin next week on design proposals to ease traffic congestion at a notorious junction.

People are being invited to have their say from June 1 on plans to improve Inshes junction and its surrounding transport corridor.

It includes the eastern approach to the Inshes roundabout on the B9006 across the A9 flyover, access to Inshes retail park, Sir Walter Scott Drive north and south of Inshes roundabout and the B9006 Old Perth Road to the Fluke Junction, fronting Raigmore Hospital.

City councillors agreed Highland Council should go ahead with the consultation on options which include a signalised four-way roundabout and aim to encourage more active travel.

Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael said: "It is clear that with the impact of the pandemic and the shift of national transport policy to support sustainable transport over private car use, the council’s capital programme investments in Inshes junction and corridor need to change to deliver a modern transport network that meets the needs of all users.

"These proposed changes require the council to consult with the public.

"Therefore, I urge anyone who lives and works in or travels through Inshes junction area to make sure that you have your say and take part in the online consultation."

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, an interactive website will provide all relevant information and provide the opportunity for people to comment on the proposals.

The consultation will go live at this link from June 1.

The council will also arrange a series of meetings to engage with directly-affected communities, businesses and other organisations.

If Covid-19 restrictions allow, face-to-face meetings will be arranged and advertised by the council.

For anyone without online access, information will be available by post by phoning the council’s service centre on 01349 886606.

The results of the public consultation will be reported back to a future meeting of the Inverness area committee.

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