Highland Council unveils new temporary active travel measures for Castle Road, Inverness
Highland Council and its Spaces for People team have made amendments to the Covid-19 temporary one-way system around Inverness Castle.
Following close monitoring of active travel use and traffic flows, the junction arrangement at Castle Road and Ness Bridge has been amended to allow left turning vehicles to filter more efficiently and thus reduce vehicle wait times at the junction.
The essential active travel infrastructure remains intact to support physical distancing during the pandemic. These changes address concerns raised by the public about vehicle queuing in the one-way system.
Highland Council’s Head of Infrastructure, Colin Howell, said: “The Spaces for People interventions were implemented rapidly as part of an emergency response to a public health crisis. We recognise that changes have had to be made after the measures were implemented, and this is the reality of installing emergency traffic management measures.
"We have been constantly monitoring the 1-way system since it was implemented and it is delivering the benefits we set out to achieve. However, we want to ensure that it remains in place to continue to give people confidence that the city centre is a safe and welcoming environment to walk and wheel around."
He added: "This is particularly important as we move into the festive season where footfall in the city centre tends to increase. These amendments will not only continue to support active travel, but will reduce queuing related with the new 1-way system.
"Further refinements are being considered at View Place to improve the situation for cyclists and traffic and monitoring of all of the Spaces for People interventions continues."