Proposals launched to widen access around Inverness city centre
Plans have been drawn up to shape the future of Academy Street in Inverness and complement a planned major upgrade of the railway station and revamp of the Victorian Market.
HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands, is launching a period of consultation over its Accessing Inverness proposals, which aim to make it easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists to access the Railway Station from Academy Street, Falcon Square, and Inverness Bus Station at Farraline Park/Rose Street and to enhance the surrounding streetscape.
Options include widening pavements, reducing traffic speeds and introducing streetscape features to enhance the look and feel of the city centre.
The public will get their first look at the options drawn up by consultants Civic Engineers at a public engagement event within the Victorian Market today between 10 am and 4 pm. During the consultation period, which will extend to January 19, the plans will be available for viewing in either Eastgate or the Victoria Market at times to be confirmed.
Following review of the consultation process, the aim is to then progress a detailed design.
HITRANS is working with the Highland Council, Sustrans Scotland and a number of city centre stakeholders on the Accessing Inverness Project following a successful application for funding to Sustrans Community Links Programme.
Provost Helen Carmichael, chair of the city of Inverness area committee of the Highland Council, said: “This is hugely important project in our ambitious plans to regenerate the city centre. What a boost the city will get through the upgrade of the railway station and greatly improved links from Falcon Square, Academy Street and Farraline Park. I would urge the public to play their part by giving us their thoughts on the options we have presented.”