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Highland Council encouraging participation in Inverness walking and cycling links consultation

A proposed artists impression of how Academy Street will look under the current proposals
A proposed artists impression of how Academy Street will look under the current proposals

Highland Council has issued an appeal to members of the public to come forward and share their views over proposals to make the area surrounding Academy Street and Inverness Railway Station more appealing.

Options include widening pavements, reducing traffic speeds and introducing streetscape features to enhance the look and feel of Inverness city centre.

A six-week consultation was launched at the beginning of December in partnership with Hitrans, with feedback sought over work that can be implemented to make the Highland capital a more attractive place to visit, live and work.

Outline designs have already been proposed for Academy Street, Falcon Square and the Crown Road junction and Farraline Park and the link between Rose Street and the Railway Station entrance.

Provost Helen Carmichael is encouraging people to take part and pass on their comments and ideas.

She said: “This is a hugely important project in our ambitious plans to regenerate the city centre.  What a boost the city will get through the upgrade of the railway station and greatly improved links from Falcon Square, Academy Street and Farraline Park.  I would urge the public to play their part by giving us their thoughts on the options we have presented.”

The online consultation, available through the Highland Council website, has been extended until Friday 1 February with a public engagement event due to take place in the Eastgate Shopping Centre on Friday 11 January between 9.30am and 5pm.

Representatives from the Highland Council and Hitrans are to be present to answer any queries members of the public have in relation to the proposed layouts and options.

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