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Engineers appointed to road safety probe on A9 on Black Isle

By Hector MacKenzie

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Kate Forbes: 'Priority'.
Kate Forbes: 'Priority'.

The constituency MSP for the Black Isle – who is spearheading the campaign for improvements to the notorious Munlochy junction on the A9 – has welcomed the beginning of a major road safety study on the trunk road from North Kessock to the Tore roundabout.

The study is being undertaken by engineering consultants WSP, who will report back with recommendations to Transport Scotland.

WSP are engaging with local stakeholders, and will also “review and analyse all the data relating to the safety, operation and suitability of this stretch of road to meet current and future demands”.

Kate Forbes MSP welcomed the development. She said: “Because traffic was drastically reduced during the early stages of the pandemic, coupled with the lockdown measures, some of the work had to be put on hold and progress has not been as fast as everyone would’ve liked.

“Against that backdrop I am pleased that WSP’s study is now underway and they will be assessing the long-term options along the North Kessock to Tore roundabout stretch of the A9 – including the Munlochy junction.

“I remain committed to ensuring this junction is safer. I know it is a significant cause of concern for many Black Isle residents as well as other regular road users travelling on the A9, and I will continue my campaign for improvements here.”

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