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Public consultation on plans to improve notorious roundabout in Inverness extended to allow Highland Council to hold drop-in sessions

By Val Sweeney

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Inshes roundabout is notorious for traffic congestion.
Inshes roundabout is notorious for traffic congestion.

A public consultation on proposals to improve traffic congestion at a notorious Inverness bottleneck is being extended by six weeks.

People will have until September 10 to give feedback on proposed designs aimed at improving Inshes roundabout and the surrounding roads.

The extra time will allow Highland Council to hold a face-to-face drop-in session to discuss the scheme as coronavirus restrictions continue to be relaxed.

The local authority says it will reveal details soon but until then comments can be given online at Inshes corridor improvements

The area included in the so-called corridor includes the eastern approach to the Inshes roundabout on the B9006 across the A9 flyover, access to Inshes retail park, Sir Walter Scott Drive (north and south) of Inshes roundabout and the B9006 Old Perth Road to the Fluke junction fronting Raigmore Hospital.

The council said there has been significant opposition to the link road, shown from the Drakies Estate to the eagle roundabout in Sir Walter Scott Drive.

In a statement, it said: "This opposition will be reported to the City of Inverness Area Committee when they consider the recommendations later this year.

"This link road does not have any other purpose other than creating an alternative access/egress for the residents of Drakies.

"The predominant east-west flow in the Inshes corridor, at peak times, blocks traffic entering and leaving Drakies from the east.

"The new link was proposed to relieve this pressure and provide an alternative access for residents.

"The link road is not associated with any other development in the area."

It added its removal or inclusion in the scheme would be entirely based on the results of the consultation, subject to the approval of the committee.

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