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UPDATE: A9 active travel road work between Kessock Bridge and North Kessock junction takes longer than expected

By Hector MacKenzie

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WORK aimed at improving active travel on the A9 between the Kessock Bridge and the North Kessock junction has been hampered by poor weather – but will be completed by next week, all being well.

The final phase of active travel and road safety improvements on that stretch of the A9 started on Monday.

The project will see BEAR Scotland, Transport Scotland’s operating company, complete surfacing and road markings to the improved, shared-use cycleway, which forms part of National Cycle Route 1.

The works will make the cycleway safer and more accessible, says BEAR Scotland.

All works are now scheduled to be complete by Wednesday of next week (December 13), weather permitting.

There will continue to be northbound lane restrictions between 7am and 3:30pm each day.

To ensure the safety of road workers and road users, a single left lane closure will be in place on the A9 northbound carriageway each day (Monday – Friday).

The existing National Cycle Route 1 path adjacent to the A9 northbound will be closed for the duration of the project whilst the surfacing works take place. Non-motorised users will be diverted to use the alternative National Cycle Route 1 path through North Kessock. The pedestrian and cycle crossing points will be open throughout the works.

Ian Stewart, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said: “This project is part of an ongoing commitment to improve safety for all road users on the A9 and will see improvements to the existing links for pedestrians and cyclists in the area, helping to promote active travel. The project has taken longer than expected due to poor weather, however we aim to complete it before the worst of the winter weather. We thank drivers and the local community for their patience.

“The traffic management is essential to keep road workers and road users safe during this project as our teams will be working in the northbound verge, however we will do all we can to complete the remaining works as quickly and as safely as possible.

“We encourage road users to plan their journey in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date traffic information and allow some extra time to reach their destination.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.traffic.gov.scot or X @trafficscotland.

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