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Highland councillor Duncan Macpherson calls to make A9 junction with Daviot safer to aid drivers in Inverness-shire


By Louise Glen

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The junction of the A9 with Daviot.
The junction of the A9 with Daviot.

A HIGHLAND councillor is calling for road improvements on the A9 junction with Daviot at the B851.

Saying the issue is a pressing one that needs to be resolved, Highland councillor Duncan Macpherson has written to Transport Scotland and spoken to Highland Council officers to raise his concerns.

Earlier this month, a crash nearby, where a woman was taken to hospital, was added to the list of accidents at the area.

Cllr Macpherson (Inverness South) said he had been approached by farmers after witnessing a number of “near misses” in the area.

He said: “Recently there were
three Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) appliances, four ambulances and multiple police vehicles on the A9 at a three-vehicle crash close to the junction of the B851 at Daviot.

“This is not the first time that there has been a major incident in this same area, in fact it has been a regular place for serious accidents and the local community are very concerned.

“A local farmer from Balvonie of Daviot has previously written to Transport Scotland and the Highland Council, to lobby for road improvements at this junction, as it’s been the scene of several serious collisions and many more near misses.

“Something needs to be done to keep road users and the local community safe.”

The junction of the A9 with Daviot where there has been a number of accidents that have required emergency services. Picture: Duncan Macpherson
The junction of the A9 with Daviot where there has been a number of accidents that have required emergency services. Picture: Duncan Macpherson

A spokesman for Transport Scotland said: “Road safety is of paramount importance to the Scottish Government. We assess the safety performance of the trunk road network on an annual basis and alongside accident clusters, we also look at accident patterns and rates in the form of route accident reduction plans.”

The spokesman confirmed that a review of the junction has been instructed.

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