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Pedestrian crossing near Inverness roundabout to be reviewed after residents voice fears over safety

By Val Sweeney

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David Stewart MSP.
David Stewart MSP.

ROAD safety at a pedestrian crossing in Inverness is to be reviewed after concerns were raised by nearby residents about motorists driving through red lights.

Bear Scotland has been asked to monitor the crossing close to the Aldi store at the Telford Street roundabout.

The news has been welcomed by Highlands and Islands Labour MSP and veteran road safety campaigner David Stewart who raised the matter with Transport Scotland last year after constituents contacted him about their fears for pedestrian safety at the crossing.

Nearby residents maintain the traffic lights are so close to the exit of the roundabout that drivers are often so focused on clearing the roundabout they inadvertently go through the lights when they are on red.

The issue was raised when Transport Scotland consulted on its Longman Road to Tomnahurich Swing Bridge road safety scheme last year

“Nearby residents have very real concerns that someone is going to be hurt at this crossing and advised me of a number of near misses over the years," Mr Stewart said.

“I asked Transport Scotland if it would consider moving the lights a bit further along the bridge to ensure pedestrians and cyclists could cross safely.

“In recent days I have been advised by Transport Scotland that it has asked Bear Scotland to review this further in light of the feedback that was received for this section of the route.

“They advised that Bear Scotland is undertaking a detailed assessment of pedestrian and cyclist provision along this part of the A82 to determine the best option for the route and junctions, including the Telford Street roundabout, and that this will influence any decision whether to relocate the crossing or incorporate a new feature into any potential junction enhancement.

“I am pleased that this assessment is being undertaken at the roundabout and I will be keeping a close eye to see what the recommendations for this area are.”

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