A vital piece of work has been commissioned in Inverness to promote active travel by enhancing access by foot and bike to the railway station via its three entrances and their connecting routes to the city centre.
Regional transport partnership HITRANS and Highland Council, have appointed civil and structural engineers, Civic Engineers, to carry out feasibility, design and community engagement for the project.
The aim is to complement and add value to the plans by Abellio ScotRail to upgrade Inverness railway station.
The goal is to ensure the streetscapes and environments approaching the railway station are safer and more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists and those with reduced mobility.
HITRANS and the council have been successful in securing funding from the Community Links programme, which is administered by Sustrans on behalf of Transport Scotland to encourage more walking and cycling.
HITRANS chairman, Councillor Allan Henderson said: “The station is integral to the links between the city centre, the bus station and onward journeys across the region.
"It is imperative that walking and cycling routes are integral to transport network plans and it is hoped that initiatives such as these will encourage people to shift to more sustainable modes of travel.”
Provost Helen Carmichael added: “These developments will make it easier for everyone to move around the city and to access a wide range of shops, cafes and local amenities, including the Victorian Market and the Old Town.”
Civic Engineers director Stephen O’Malley said; “This project has real potential to build on the successful economic and social benefits already evident in the city for those who live, work and visit Inverness.
“By transforming the entrances and their connecting routes to the city centre, making them safer and more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists, we hope that people will be encouraged to be more active and make their journeys by bike or on foot, rather than using the car.
“We have significant experience delivering public realm and transport projects like this and have seen the difference they can make to places, helping them to thrive economically and continue to evolve into healthier places.”