TRANSPORT Scotland has finally agreed to install pedestrian crossings at Glenurquhart Road in Inverness after a long-running campaign to improve safety for pedestrians on the often car-jammed stretch of the A82 leading out of Inverness.
It’s involved a five-year battle – but those involved have finally got there.
There will be crossings on Tomnahurich Street at Montague Row, which will serve pupils going to Inverness High School and Central Primary, and another at Smith Avenue near the Scotmid shopping area. There will also be an island to assist pedestrians crossing Glenurquhart Road at Bught Drive.
The moves have been agreed after long-term pressure from local residents, Inverness West councillors, and the council’s roads department.
Inverness-based Highland MSP David Stewart has also been a leading voice in demands for safety improvements on the route.
Local councillor Bill Boyd said: “This is very good news for parents and young children going to school as well as shoppers and theatre-goers and other pedestrians. Although it has taken a while to get to this point, Transport Scotland has come up with a good set of proposals. I’m convinced it is a solution they are committed to delivering soon. We look forward to seeing detailed plans and a timescale for completion of the work.
“My ward colleagues Graham Ross, Alex Graham and I have been encouraged and supported by the community councils, the schools and the residents who have participated in the public consultations. This safety improvement would not have come about without their commitment.
“These developments on the A82 will work in tandem with active-travel projects along the Ness riverside making safer road crossings for city residents, businesses and visitors. Residents of Inverness West and beyond are looking forward to delivery of this new long sought safety improvement.”
Glenurquhart Road is one of the busiest streets in Inverness and at peak traffic times one of the most hazardous to try and cross, particularly for elderly people.
It was feared that Transport Scotland would continue to insist that, by their own criteria, it did not merit these much-neeed crossings.
Their acceptance of the argument that they are in fact essential will restore some faith in the view that public opinion does actually matter to some major organisations, and that they are genuinely prepared – even though it takes time – to respond accordingly.