The reinstatement of an electronic warning sign at a notorious north junction has been delayed, frustrating local residents.
The A9/B9161 Munlochy junction has been the location of a number of incidents, including a fatal accident.
Black Isle residents have long argued for immediate, simple safety measures to be put in place at the junction, including reinstating the electronic ‘queuing traffic’ signage which has been out of order for more than a year.
Lack of power supply to the site has been part of the problem.
A spokeswoman for BEAR Scotland said yesterday: “Our teams have constructed the necessary supports to install the signal booster equipment that will allow the signs to function.
“However the installation of the specialist equipment has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“As soon as restrictions are lifted we will prioritise the completion of the installation.”
John Stott of Knockbain Community Council welcomed attempts to fix the sign, but questions why it has taken so long.
He said: “I understand there were issues but this is the twenty-first century, with technology available to resolve them.”
Highland MSP Rhoda Grant said she will be keeping in touch with Transport Scotland about the situation.
The government agency is carrying out a study of options for the junction and has said any options emerging from this it will be subject to further analysis, consultation and prioritisation alongside other safety schemes in the north.