The countdown is ticking!
THE countdown is ticking to the opening of the first phase of Inverness’s West Link road at noon on Monday 11th December.
A special event will allow pedestrians and around 400 runners onto the new section of road on Sunday 10 December, before it is opened to traffic the following day. The charity fun run, a “Jingle Jog”, is being organised by High Life Highland assisted by the Rotary Club in aid of the MFR Cash for Kids charity.
The following day, on Monday 11th December, a road opening ceremony will be carried out by Provost of Inverness Helen Carmichael and senior members, assisted by pupils from two local schools, Holm Primary and Kinmylies Primary, who will join councillors and guests on the first official convoy to drive on the new West Link road and over the new bridge, named The Holm Mills Bridge by public vote.
The route will be open to pedestrians from 9am on the 11th to spectate the opening. Applications are being invited from anyone wishing to make a donation to be part of the convoy, to raise funds for Highland Council’s chosen charity, Highland Hospice.
Chair of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Allan Henderson said: “The completion of this stretch of road marks the first phase of this important project, aimed at reducing congestion in the city centre, connecting communities and improving travel links around the Highland capital, for commuters, cyclists and walkers.”
He continued: “The West Link will deliver a greatly improved infrastructure to support the future development, growth and prosperity of Inverness and the Highlands. The investment will bring nearly £4 of benefit to every £1 of public money spent on the project.
Applications to join the convoy should be emailed to High Life Highland at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note to editors:
The £55 million West Link project forms part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region deal which is a joint initiative supported by up to £315 million investment from the UK and Scottish governments, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and the University of the Highlands and Islands, aimed at stimulating sustainable regional economic growth.