The first phase of the Inverness West Link project was officially opened on Monday 11th December following a ribbon-cutting ceremony by pupils from two local schools, the Provost of Inverness - Helen Carmichael and senior members of the Council.
This phase of the project comprises 2.3km of single carriageway road with shared use of footway/cycleway, four roundabouts, a three-span bridge over the River Ness and associated landscaping and environmental mitigation and also Canal Parks Sports Pavilion and all-weather pitch.
Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure delivered the detailed design, environmental impact assessment, planning application and contractor procurement for the project. The new road provides a much needed link across the River Ness, relieves traffic congestion in the city centre and opens up land for housing development. The road also encourages active travel by the provision of shared cycleway/footway facilities and provides improved access to recreation facilities and employment.
Cllr Allan Henderson Vice Convener, The Highland Council said: “Completion of this complex project is a real positive for the region and will bring multiple benefits including reduced congestion/pollution in the city centre, better options for active travel and, in the long run, will enable housing development and associated developer contributions. We look forward to working with Capita on the second phase of this highly beneficial project which will see the construction of a new swing bridge across the Caledonian Canal and the completion of the road network.”
We have thoroughly enjoyed working on this project with the Highland Council and are delighted to see Phase 1 of the West Link road through to completion. We are proud of our achievements and to be associated with a project that will improve the quality of life for residents in Inverness and the Highland region.Paul Butterworth Capita’s Project Manager
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