Restrictions Removed from Inverness City Centre

The Highland Council is pleased to notify motorists, pedestrians and the general public that works by Scotland Gas Networks to replace a mains gas pipeline on Academy Street, Inverness, have been completed ahead of schedule and that traffic restrictions in the city centre have now been lifted before the height of the Christmas period.

Since 9 October, temporary traffic measures have been in place in the city centre to accommodate the installation of the new gas main.

Work was due to last 12 weeks, but the Council has worked closely with SGN, the police, traffic wardens, Stagecoach and Alba Traffic Management Consultants to minimise the period of disruption and city centre traffic movement is now back to normal.

Les Houlker, The Highland Council’s Technical Manager with TEC Services said: “This was a really good example of all parties working closely together to ensure that the project was completed in an efficient way and ahead of schedule. We are pleased that the restrictions have been lifted in time for Christmas shopping.

“During the restrictions on Academy Street, it was noticed that the reduction in vehicles encouraged more pedestrians on to the street which should benefit businesses once the new Streetscape Programme is introduced.”

Colin Small, Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) said: “We are indebted to the Council and other partners for the assistance we received in completing this important project ahead of schedule. We would like to thank the public for their tolerance during the period of disruption.”


28 Nov 2006