Riverside Way construction to commence next week amid serious concerns
The construction of the Riverside Way active travel route from Whin Park to the Highland Hospice is to begin next despite considerable concerns voiced by local groups.
The Places for Everyone scheme administered by the Sustrans is financing the scheme which aims to improve active travel along Ness Walk and Bught Road for those walking, wheeling, and cycling.
The work undertaken by Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd and will take five months to complete the widening of footpaths, segregating a cycle contraflow lane, formalised parking arrangements, changes to junction layouts and lighting upgrades.
Earlier today representatives from SUSTRANS joined the Inverness City Leader, Cllr Ian Brown to walk around the site for the next phase of the Riverside Way project in Inverness.
The Highland Council worked with consultants Aecom to create technical designs for proposed works which will further develop the Inverness City Active Travel Network.
After a site visit earlier today, Inverness city leader Ian Brown said: “It was good to be able to show our guests what has been achieved so far and what the next phase of works will involve.
"I am looking forward to work starting next week as it represents a significant improvement to the active travel environment along one of our city’s popular and most iconic routes, which is frequented by thousands of local people and visitors alike throughout the year.
Director at Sustrans Scotland, Karen McGregor, said: “The Riverside Way is not only a scenic leisure route for local residents, visitors, and commuters but is also a key connection into the Inverness City Centre.
"The improvements set to get underway next week will build upon the success of the Inverness City Active Travel Network and further help make walking, wheeling, and cycling journeys accessible and enjoyable for everyone”.
However, the Inverness Angling Club is challenging the council over the project and claims it has unanswered questions about the proposals that will soon take effect.