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Praise for Kessock Bridge repair commuters

Highland commuters have been thanked for heeding advice on how to help ease traffic on the Kessock Bridge during a programme of repairs.

Contractor Scotland Transerv said there was a delay of 10 minutes between 0800-0900 BST.

The eight-day project started on Sunday, closing two of the four lanes on the crossing.

Southbound drivers coming from the Black Isle had been warned to expect lengthy delays.

On a Twitter feed launched to update motorists on the repairs Scotland Transerv said: "We very much appreciate the efforts made by all road users, so far this morning, to heed the advice circulated."

However, customer services manager Cathal MacAskill urged commuters not to become complacent.

He told BBC Radio Scotland: "We would like to thank the public this morning for their response to our pleas to reduce car numbers at peak times.

"There were delays of 10 minutes southbound over the bridge."

Mr MacAskill added: "I would like to express a cautionary note that the public continue what they are doing and don't change anything to keep the relatively low delays we saw this morning."

Highland Council said the repairs, which are planned to run until 26 June, were urgent and essential.

To help ease congestion, ScotRail will provide an extra 121 seats on both the 0634 Lairg to Inverness and 1715 Inverness to Ardgay services.

People have also been encouraged to car shares and employers asked to be flexible about workers' commutes.

Both lanes of the northbound carriageway will be closed for the first three days of the project to allow that section of the expansion joint to be dismantled and reassembled.

From 23 June, both lanes of the southbound carriageway will be closed until the evening of 26 June for work on the southbound joint.

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