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Warning signs to be installed at busy Inverness roundabouts

By Gregor White

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Rhoda Grant at Friars Bridge.
Rhoda Grant at Friars Bridge.

New signage is to be placed on the approaches to two city roundabouts after residents raised safety concerns.

Transport Scotland has said that that temporary warning signs are to be erected on the trunk road approaches to pedestrian crossings at both sides of the Friars Bridge in Inverness – in Telford Street and Shore Street.

This is ahead of permanent warning signs and improvement to existing markings being implemented in the new year.

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant raised the issue last month with the transport body, after residents expressed concern that traffic lights near the Aldi supermarket at Friars Bridge are too close to the roundabout itself.

They fear that approaching drivers may be so focussed on preparing for reaching the roundabout that they fail to properly notice the pedestrian crossing.

Mrs Grant said: “I am pleased that the concerns I have raised on behalf of constituents have been heard and I hope the new warning signs, when in place, will go some way to reducing the risk to pedestrians and cyclists in these areas.”

She said she has been advised that the design of permanent warning signs and improvements to the existing road markings are currently ongoing and Amey hopes to implement these measures early in the new year, subject to the delivery of materials and any potential weather impacts.

She said Transport Scotland had advised that they have instructed Amey to accelerate these works where possible, and that the temporary warning signs will remain in place until the permanent improvement works have been completed.

She added: “It’s not clear yet exactly what the design for the permanent signage and improved road markings will be, and whether these will be enough, but it’s a start and I will be keeping in touch with Transport Scotland about this.”

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