The Inverness West Link

The West Link Road is an ambitious project which will complete the link between the Dores roundabout and the A82 at Torvean, crossing the River Ness. There are many benefits, including reducing traffic congestion in the city centre, improving connections and assisting the economic development of the city. Members approved planning permission for the Inverness West Link road in April 2014. Funding was agreed for the West Link Road and associated enhanced sports facilities in March 2015. Enabling works began in September 2015 in preparation for the building of the road.

For up-to-date information read our press releases below or visit our Community Liaison Group page.

Progress update videos

Press releases


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Update April 2016

Work is scheduled to begin on building the West Link in May 2016. Read more information on Phase 1 of the project.

Update March 2016

We have awarded the Inverness West Link Stage 1 and the Canal Parks Enhancement contract to Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd with a value of £22.5M. 6 tenders were received with Wills Bros submitting the lowest tender, and the contract was awarded on the 4 March 2016, with the tender sum being below the allocated budget.

An inaugural meeting was held on 21 March. It is anticipated that works will commence early in Spring to enable the in river temporary works to occur from July to October, the period agreed with SEPA to minimise environmental disturbance. Works are anticipated to be complete by the end of 2017.

Stage 1 is the link from Dores Road to the A82.

Tenders for the golf course will be invited in the coming weeks with the golf course planned to be complete and playable in Spring 2019.  This will then allow the construction of Stage 2 to commence with the entire project planned to be complete by late summer 2020.
A community liaison meeting is to be held on 14 March 2016. This will now consider the construction phase of the West Link and seek to inform the community and limit disturbance and disruption. Wills Bros will attend to introduce themselves as well as the Highland Council site team.

If you have any issues during the construction phase then please call 07557 744442.

Video simulations of the new road

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