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A82 Inverness Walking & Cycling Improvements13 May 2020

A82 Inverness Walking and Cycling Improvements

Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland are developing plans to improve road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorised users on the A82 between the Longman Road Roundabout and the Tomnahurich Roundabout.

The A82 passes through central Inverness and is a busy urban environment with the result that many pedestrians and cyclists are required to cross this often busy road. The primary intention of these proposals is to improve road safety and reduce the risk of collisions involving vulnerable road users. It is also anticipated that by improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists this will help to encourage greater active travel which is a key priority for Transport Scotland.   

As a trunk road, the A82 forms a strategic link through Inverness, conveying over 30,000 vehicles per day. Trunk roads allow the efficient and effective movement of people and freight throughout Scotland, therefore supporting local and national economic growth. Transport Scotland aims to deliver improvements which improve facilities for non-motorised users such as walkers and cyclists, whilst still retaining the movement function of the trunk road. The successful delivery of future improvements will ultimately depend upon collaborative working with all key stakeholders.

As part of the ongoing process of involving the local community in these proposals, a public exhibition event was held in Inverness at the Cameron Youth Centre in August last year. This event allowed the local community to consider the outline proposals and input into the design process.  Over 100 people attended throughout the day, with many more responses submitted after the event. Those who attended included local members of the public, elected representatives, staff from local employers and members of cycling and walking groups.

The valuable input from local stakeholders has been fully reviewed, analysed and considered. This has been very useful in the further development of the project and, where possible, the designs have evolved to take account of the comments and suggestions received. The project contains elements which can be implemented in the short term, whilst others require more comprehensive planning and design to ensure that the optimum solution is constructed. Transport Scotland will also prioritise any improvements which target locations with a history of pedestrian and cyclist collisions.

An outline programme of improvements that align with Transport Scotland’s Strategic Road Safety Plan have been developed to improve road safety along this route and encourage safer active travel. To assist with keeping members of the public and interested stakeholders up to date with the proposals as they develop, BEAR Scotland will produce a newsletter every two months showing the latest progress on scheme development. To view the latest copy of the newsletter click the link below.

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downloadBEAR Scotland_A82 Tomnahurich Road Safety Improvements_Issue 6 Newsletter (May).pdf

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