Highlands & Islands

Travel problems in Inverness as road works overrun

Tomnahurich Bridge, Inverness Image copyright Peter Bond/Geograph
Image caption A new roundabout is being constructed at Inverness' Tomnahurich Bridge

Road works forming part of the construction of Inverness' new West Link have overrun causing travel problems.

Diversions put in place to allow for work on a new roundabout at Tomnahurich Bridge on the Caledonian Canal were due to be lifted early on Tuesday.

But the diversions had to be kept in place and traffic built up in and around the city's Muirtown Bridge.

Highland Council, which is having the West Link road built, has apologised.

The travel disruption affected school buses taking pupils to Charleston Academy.

Highland Council said delays to in-bound traffic to Inverness on the A82 had been eased with the introduction of stop-go traffic signals.

A road closure planned for Thursday to allow for further road works will not go ahead if adequate measures to avoid the same problem are not in place, the local authority said.

'Bit flat-footed'

A council spokeswoman said: "The council apologises for any inconvenience caused.

"Diversions via General Booth Road remain in place until the road re-opens. Pedestrian and cycle access has been maintained at all times."

The council said the delays to the road works were caused by "unexpected difficulties" encountered during carriageway reconstruction.

The local authority added that it was reviewing the programme of overnight closures to avoid any repeat of Tuesday morning's disruption.

John Stephens, of the council's contractor Wills Bros said: "Problems were encountered last night and it became clear that there were issues about whether the road could be reopened and also the adequacy of the diversion signs.

"The workforce concentrated on trying to open the road to traffic as soon as possible, but this did cause the delays that occurred."

Local councillor Alex Graham told BBC Radio Scotland: "It is very important the people are kept informed of any disruption for overrunning road works as this is one of the busiest routes in Inverness.

"If they have been caught a bit flat-footed here they should look very hard to ensure there is no recurrence."

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