Misgivings over bypass plans at public showing
Locals highlight Inshes roundabout
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.”