Flood alleviation schemes

River Ness flood alleviation scheme

Bank Street is now open to traffic. Motorists and cyclists are reminded that access to Fraser Street from Bank street is for buses, taxis, emergency vehicles, refuse and those requiring access.

Huntly Street is now open to traffic. Traffic direction will revert to one-way as it was before the works started (from Wells Street in the direction to Ness Bridge).

Parking permits

Parking permits are now required in order to park in the permit areas in Huntly Street, Friars Place and the nearby streets. There is provision for disabled parking and metered pay and display parking in Huntly Street.

For Douglas Row residents there will be permit parking available on Douglas Row, additional permit parking is available in Glebe Street. Metered P&D parking will return in Friars Street.

Apply for a parking permit 

Anyone requiring further information please phone the River Ness Helpline 07557 744442 or email RiverNessFAS@highland.gov.uk

Public arts programme 

Read about the plans for art along the River Ness.

History of the project, August 2013 to Spring 2015

The River Ness has burst its banks numerous times throughout history, often with devastating consequences. The most disruptive event occurred in 1989 when the railway viaduct was swept away with the floods.

The project started in August 2013 and is due to be completed in Spring 2015. The Scottish Government is funding 80 per cent of the cost of the building work. 

The flood defences will protect 800 homes and 200 businesses in the city centre and will feature a public arts programme to complement streetscape enhancements. 

Phase 1 (Bank St, Huntly St) 

Phase 2 (Friars Bridge to the harbour)


The District Valuer has been appointed by us to liaise with landowners and businesses that are directly affected. If you would like to raise a concern with the District Valuer, please phone them on 03000 506298.

If you have any questions and or concerns about the flood works on Phase 1 and Phase 2 please contact the Helpline on 07557 744442 or RiverNessFAS@highland.gov.uk



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