Mis­giv­ings over by­pass plans at pub­lic show­ing

Lo­cals high­light In­shes round­about

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY MICHELLE HEN­DER­SON

Plans for a new mul­ti­mil­lion-pound by­pass from In­shes to Smith­ton has been met with con­cern dur­ing a sec­ond day of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions.

The new East Link Road sin­gle car­riage­way aims to con­nect mo­torists with the A96 and the A9 in a bid to ease con­ges­tion across the city and pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists across the re­gion.

Dur­ing a pub­lic dropin ses­sion at Smith­tonCul­lo­den Free Church yes­ter­day be­tween res­i­dents and Trans­port Scot­land of­fi­cials, the plans were met with con­cern from some, par­tic­u­larly with re­gard round­about.

One res­i­dent, who did not wish to be named, said: “They are miss­ing a trick here. The worst part of the town is In­shes round­about; the dis­trib­u­tor road that joins UHI. You end up stuck in south­bound traf­fic there, it’s a night­mare.

“In time with this devel­op­ment, there will be more and more traf­fic on that sec­tion of road. You will have thou­sands and thou­sands of more peo­ple to com­ing up off the A9.”

An­other res­i­dent said: “It’s bet­ter than it was but it’s still not right. One big prob­lem is the big round­about at In­shes, it’s an ab­so­lute night­mare. It’s to In­shes the worst one be­cause of the hospi­tal.”

Coun­cil­lor An­drew Jarvie for In­ver­ness South added: “Trans­port Scot­land say it is a by­pass round In­ver­ness whereas the gen­eral feel­ing with High­land Coun­cil is they see it as a dis­tri­bu­tion road. We should be en­cour­ag­ing traf­fic out­with the city and round the safer roads around the town cen­tre. I would like to see sig­nif­i­cant changes.”

Trans­port Min­is­ter Humza Yousaf said:“As part of the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s com­mit­ment within the £315 mil­lion In­ver­ness and High­land City-Re­gion Deal, we are pro­gress­ing our plans for a sin­gle car­riage­way road con­nect­ing In­shes and Smith­ton in the High­land cap­i­tal.

“We are now able to let lo­cals and road users see and com­ment on the up­dated pro­pos­als in­clud­ing our ex­cit­ing plans for en­hanced pro­vi­sion for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans and the pre­ferred route op­tion with vari­ant B con­firmed as the line of the scheme to be taken for­ward.

“I would en­cour­age any­one with an in­ter­est to come along to one of the venues to view our plans and to have an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss them with our team and pro­vide vi­tal feed­back.”

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