Highland Council

12/06/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2018 06:36

Have your say on options to improve walking and cycling links in Inverness city centre

The Highland Council in partnership with HITRANS invites you to have your say on proposals to improve walking and cycling links surrounding Inverness Railway Station during a six week consultation beginning on Thursday 6 December 2018.

Feedback is invited on outline designs for three key areas:

  • Academy Street;
  • Farraline Park, and the link between Rose Street and the Railway Station entrance;
  • Falcon Square and Crown Road junction.

The Council and HITRANS have been working with Sustrans Scotland and a range of city centre stakeholders on proposals to improve walking and cycling links to all three Railway Station entrances, following successful funding from the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland through Sustrans' Community Links Programme.

To view and comment on these proposals visit Accessing Inverness(external link) before Saturday 19 January 2019

Options include widening pavements, reducing traffic speeds and introducing streetscape features to enhance the look and feel of the city centre. The designs were prepared by Civic Engineers, a civil and structural engineering company with a strong track record of designing and developing public realm improvements. The options were developed in dialogue with local access groups, active travel stakeholders, Inverness BID, bus operators and key organisations including Living Streets Scotland.

Although funding is not yet in place to deliver public realm improvements in this part of the city centre, consultation feedback will inform the preparation of a bid for further funding from Transport Scotland through Sustrans Scotland's Community Links programme to progress to detail design stage.

Launching the online consultation, 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.'