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Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart welcomes start date for new road crossing on the A82 between Montague Row and Ardross Street after three-and-a-half year campaign

By Ian Duncan

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David Stewart at the Smith Avenue crossing.
David Stewart at the Smith Avenue crossing.

A Highlands and Islands MSP has welcomed the planned start of roadworks at an Inverness pedestrian crossing.

It is the second such crossing on the A82, between Montague Row and Ardross Street, after one was installed at the Smith Avenue junction.

MSP David Stewart has supported the campaign for the crossing after constituents first raised road safety concerns three-and-a-half years ago.

He said it was good to see the work about to start next week on the crossing in Glenurquhart Road and added: “I took up constituents’ concerns about road safety on this stretch of the road in March 2017.

“Transport Scotland said at first that a crossing there ‘could not be justified’. However, I joined local campaigners in not giving up and the agency then went on to find out the community’s views and changed its mind and I must congratulate Transport Scotland for that.

“It was good to recently see the first crossing completed at Smith Avenue and I look forward to the second being installed.

“I am sure these will improve safety for children crossing for school, for the elderly and the disabled.”

According to a letter from Kevin McKechnie, Bear Scotland’s strategic road safety manager, the work is due to begin on Monday after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In his letter he said: “The works will involve widening of footways, installation of the crossing point, drainage works, installation of high friction surfacing and road markings.”

Most of the work will be carried out during week days, between 9.30am and 4pm, and Mr McKechnie said: “However, there will be a need to install cabling underneath the carriageway, along with an electricity connection.

“These works, along with the high friction surfacing and road markings, are likely to be done in the evenings and overnight when traffic flows are much lower.”

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