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Public can help shape BEAR Scotland's road safety and active travel improvements planned for A82 within Inverness city centre

By Alasdair Fraser

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Longman Roundabout.
Longman Roundabout.

Views are being sought on plans to improve road safety and encourage active travel on a stretch of trunk road within Inverness.

The one and a half mile stretch of A82 between the Longman and Telford roundabouts in Inverness is managed and maintained by BEAR Scotland.

The firm is asking the public for input that will help inform engineers from BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland on the best design for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

An interactive map available through the BEAR Scotland website will allow users to add comments on what changes they would like to see to enhance road safety and active travel.

The interactive map will be open to public comment until Thursday, September 30.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north-west representative, said: “We’re committed to improving road safety on the A82 in Inverness.

“This engagement exercise follows on from the work we’ve recently been carrying out to install pedestrian crossings at Montague Row and Smith Avenue, which has made a real difference to road safety.

The busy Telford Street roundabout.
The busy Telford Street roundabout.

“Due to the complexity of the dual carriageway section of A82 through Inverness, we are keen to involve the local community as early as possible in this investigation to ensure we understand and identify the concerns of local road users and their aspirations for this section of the trunk road.

“This will allow us to develop potential schemes which reflect the needs of local users in the locations where people experience the greatest issues and identify where improvements should be made.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to share their thoughts on how we can work with Transport Scotland to improve road safety and active travel on the route, and we welcome any comments from the public.”

The interactive map is available to view at: Have Your Say Today – A82 Longman Road – Commonplace.

Members of the public can also contact BEAR Scotland at: a82invernesspublicengagement@bearscotland.co.uk or on 01738 448 600 for more information about the project.

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