Raigmore Interchange crossing: Transport Scotland asked to investigate complaints

Transport Scotland is being asked to look again at the safety of the Raigmore Interchange crossing where earlier this year a pedestrian was involved in a serious accident with a car and later died in hospital.

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, has contacted the agency’s Chief Executive, Roy Brannen, following further concerns from constituents about the pedestrian crossing.

Although warning signs have been installed on the A96 carriageway, following the tragic accident in February, people have told Mr Stewart they believe these are ineffective and pedestrians are still at risk there.

Mr Stewart first called for a safety review of the southbound A9 slip road, which links to the A96, after the incident involving the Inverness grandmother.

There are no pedestrian crossing lights at the spot, but there are some on the other slip road which is only a few years away.

“Although I welcomed the move to put in temporary warning signs while the development of improved pedestrian and cycle routes was worked on, these appear not to solve the safety problem,” said Mr Stewart.

“One issue is the number of other signs on the stretch of the A96 between the Snow Goose restaurant leading up to Raigmore Interchange, meaning drivers may miss the crossing warning signs.

“Another is the fact that drivers are looking right to check roundabout traffic rather than left where pedestrians may be crossing. There is also a lack of warning signs for traffic coming from Inverness, along Millburn Road and entering the roundabout and then taking the A9 slip-road turn-off.

“Constituents have told me by the time that traffic reaches the slip road it can be travelling at 50/60 mph.”

Transport Scotland previously told Mr Stewart it was working with Highland Council and Sustrans on an active travel network project, which includes improved pedestrian and cycle routes through the interchange where the A9, A96 and Millburn Road meet.

Mr Stewart was told that the completion date would be some time in 2020 and he has now asked if there is a specific date for the project. He has also suggested temporary pedestrian crossing lights might be a solution.

The MSP has also written to Highland Council and Police Scotland seeking their views on safety.