Public given chance to be first on new West Link road
Issued by High Life Highland
The brand new West Link Road which joins one end of the city to the other between Dores roundabout and the main A82 road at Queens Park is scheduled to open to the public at 12 noon on Monday 11th December.
Earlier in the morning, the Road opening ceremony will be carried out by City of Inverness Provost Councillor Helen Carmichael and senior Members, assisted by pupils from two local schools in Inverness.
The school pupils and a number of invited guests will be invited to join councillors on the first official vehicle to drive down the new West Link Road in an open top bus, however members of the public are being given the opportunity to follow the official bus in a convoy that hopes to raise funds for The Highland Council’s chosen charity, the Highland Hospice.
Applications are being invited from anyone wishing to make a donation to be part of a convoy and amongst the first to drive down the new road on the official day of opening.
The Chair of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee of Highland Council, Allan Henderson said, “The completion of phase one of the West Link and the opening of the new road and bridge is going to be a very exciting time and historical moment. We are sure there are many car owners around the Highlands who may wish to be first to drive on the new road, while at the same time raising funds for The Highland Hospice.
“We are also reserving a number of ‘non-donation’ spaces on the convoy for people who may wish take part just to mark an extra special occasion – such as a significant anniversary or a birthday.”
High Life Highland will be facilitating the convoy for The Highland Council and applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a photo of the vehicle; driver and passenger names and detailing the level of donation being offered or whether the driver is applying for one of the ‘non donation’ slots by providing details of the special reason why they should be part of the convoy.
Organisers are aware that some vintage car owners will now have their cars in storage for the winter, but are hopeful some will bring them out hibernation in order to take part in the West Link Opening Convoy.
Allan Henderson concluded, “This is a great opportunity for members of the public to be involved in an historic event for the City of Inverness while at the same time recognising and supporting the work of the Highland Hospice.”