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Community councils meet to discuss campus access

11 October 2011

Over 20 community councillors met to discuss Inverness Campus access plans with Transport Scotland, The Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) last night (Monday 10 October).

The event, which preceded today's public exhibition at Inshes Church, was chaired by HIE's Director of Regional Development, Caroll Buxton.

During the meeting representatives from seven community councils viewed and discussed detailed drawings of the planned redeveloped crossroads at the junction between Culloden Road and the A9.

They heard details of why HIE and Transport Scotland agree the junction improvement plans presented to Highland Council's planning committee provide the best access solution from Transport Scotland's Malcolm Forsyth.

The group also discussed plans for a bridge linking the Campus with the Raigmore Estate, and the planned rail halt.

Ruaraidh MacNeil, Inverness Campus Project Director with HIE, said: "We felt this was a really productive meeting. As well as discussing the road access and bridge we talked about ways of working more closely together.

There has been a lot of interest in road access to Inverness Campus recently, so we held this session along with today's exhibition to show detailed drawings of our access plans. These clearly explain how our proposals have been designed to provide a safe and effective access solution to the Campus.

"Our plans are to widen the A9 slip to create an additional traffic lane off the dual carriageway. We will also optimise the traffic lights and widen Culloden Road, again creating a new, extra lane to help traffic flow more freely than it does at present.

"As well as providing better conditions for drivers, our plans have been developed to ensure maximum safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and to give priority to passengers on buses.

"These proposals have been analysed by the Council and an independent consultant, who both believe the scheme presents the best solution of all the designs considered.

The Campus project will provide a home for Inverness College, UHI, Scottish Agricultural College, the Centre for Health Science and a Training Hotel, as well as delivering high quality sports, arts and other community facilities.

HIE first announced plans to invest £25m to create Inverness Campus in September 2009. Once fully developed, the site is expected to support up to 6,000 local jobs and generate £38m for the regional economy every year.

Inshes Church is open from 10.30am until 7.30pm. Anyone interested in learning more about Inverness Campus is welcome.

For more information about Inverness Campus, please visit www.invernesscampus.co.uk
 


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