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Temporary closure of main avenue at Inverness Campus

Published: 10/11/2022

The main avenue at Inverness Campus will be closed to vehicular traffic for two days next week and for a week at the beginning of December.

This is to allow for safety improvements and essential maintenance. Traffic calming measures will be introduced on this part of the road to encourage drivers to keep to the 20mph speed limit, making the Campus a safer place for all users.

The road will close from Monday 14 to Wednesday 16 November. It will reopen after that and will close again from Monday 5 to Friday 9 December.

Diversion signage will be in place to direct all drivers to take the road on the west side of UHI Inverness. Buses will be temporarily rerouted and the bus-stops at the back of UHI Inverness will not be in use during this time.

The closed roads will be accessible on foot and by bike.

Inverness Campus developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has commissioned Dingwall-based, Strath Civils Engineering to carry out the work and is liaising with the relevant local traffic authorities to ensure people are aware of the temporary closure.

HIE has been developing Inverness Campus to support the growth in the region’s life sciences and technology sectors. From the start of the development there has been an emphasis on collaboration between business, research and education.

The latest facility to offer commercial opportunities at the Campus is the £9m Life Sciences Innovation Centre, being developed jointly by HIE and University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). It is scheduled to open for business in early 2023.

The centre will be used to attract more life science companies into the region and support the sector’s growth across the Highlands and Islands.

It will also support the continued growth of UHI’s life sciences research with new innovation and commercialisation opportunities.

The neighbouring NHS National Treatment Centre - Highland, which is also under construction, will improve the health outcomes and patient experience. Both developments are forecast to support more than 200 jobs and will help attract and retain new talent for the region.

The Campus is a popular city amenity and the attractive environment  is well used by many members of the public. HIE has so far invested over £6m in active travel and public transport infrastructure across the Inverness Campus site. The range of active green travel initiatives leading to and from the Campus have been expanding, making it easily accessible to those travelling by bus, on foot or by bike, as well as assisting commuters to other parts of the city.

Ruaraidh MacNeil, director of business infrastructure at HIE, said: “Anyone using the route are asked to follow the clearly marked diversion route. We have been working with Strath Civils to make sure this essential work takes place with minimum interruption. We’d like to thank anyone affected for their patience and co-operation.”