Chief Officers get a bird’s eye view of West Link

Chief Officers of the Highland Community Planning Partnership gave a warm welcome to a presentation on the West Link Project at their latest meeting.

Colin Howell, Head of Infrastructure for The Highland Council, set out the timescales for the project, with enabling works due to commence in late summer. He also demonstrated a video simulation of flying over the new road. He said: “The project will greatly reduce congestion in the city centre, making for a safer and more pleasant environment, as well as reduced journey times and carbon emissions. It will also improve response times for emergency vehicles.” 

Julian Innes, Divisional Commander, Police Scotland said: “The West Link is an excellent opportunity for Inverness to improve the traffic flow around the city and help to reduce the time it takes for the emergency services to attend incidents. 

“The ambitious plans, when materialised, will also improve the sporting facilities in the area, which will support the development of our young people.”

Scott Hay, Highland Area Manager, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service welcomes this important development in the road infrastructure for the growing city of Inverness. We look forward to viewing this project as it progresses, as well as offering advice in our capacity as a member of the Highland Community Planning Partnership.” 

Chair of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee added: “This is one of the Council’s most ambitious flagship projects. It will not only greatly improve our infrastructure, but will support employment and economic growth in the area. This represents nearly £4 of benefit to every £1 of public investment.” 

The video simulation can be seen on our website here.

3 Jun 2015
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