David Stewart

Highland MSP concerned by time it may take to address Kessock Bridge congestion issue

15 August 2017

Highlands & Islands Regional MSP David Stewart recently asked the Scottish Government by what date the Kessock Bridge Flyover in Inverness will be complete.

In his response the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf advised that £109 million of the £315 million Inverness and Highland City Regional Deal will be made available by the Government to deliver the grade separation of the A9 and A82 Longman roundabout and the A9/A96 Inshes to Smithton link road.

David said, “ I am content that at last the Government are moving to address this bottleneck in Inverness, but I am concerned by how long it may take.

“The options assessment process may take 18 months after a design consultant has been appointed, but then we have to have the draft orders and the whole scheme has to be approved under statutory procedures, so any motorist looking for relief much before 2020 will be disappointed.”

 

The text of David’s Parliamentary question and the answer to is given below :

David Stewart (Highlands and Islands) (Scottish Labour): To ask the Scottish Government by what date the Kessock Bridge flyover will be completed.

 

Humza Yousaf:

As part of the Scottish Government’s commitment within the £315 million Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, significant investment of up to £109m will be made by the Scottish Government in the trunk road network to deliver the grade separation of the A9/A82 Longman Roundabout and the A9/A96 Inshes to Smithton Link Road to improve congestion and accessibility to Inverness. The Scottish Government will continue to work in collaboration with The Highland Council whilst taking these schemes forward.

 

Design work is due to commence later this summer on the grade separation of the busy A9/A82 Longman Roundabout, south of Kessock Bridge, following the appointment of a design consultant who will look at options for improving this well-known traffic bottleneck in Inverness.

 

It is expected that the options assessment process will take approximately 15-18 months to complete following the appointment of a design consultant. Thereafter the preferred junction option will be developed and assessed in greater detail leading to publication of draft Orders for formal comment. Construction of the scheme itself can only commence if the scheme is approved under the relevant statutory procedures and thereafter a timetable for its progress can be set.