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Black Isle residents celebrate opening of new junction they say will save lives

Former Highland Councillor Isobel McCallum cuts the ribbon to officially open the new junction. Also in the photograph are local campaigners who fought for the improvements. Picture by Sandy McCook
Former Highland Councillor Isobel McCallum cuts the ribbon to officially open the new junction. Also in the photograph are local campaigners who fought for the improvements. Picture by Sandy McCook

Delighted villagers have celebrated the official opening of a new junction which they believe will save lives.

The junction eases traffic safely from Crask, two miles east of Culbokie, onto the B9169 Muir of Ord to Shorton road.

People had to previously pull out between two blind summits.

The junction was the scene of a fatal accident in 2008, some years after the community had begun a push for improvements.

The new £250,000 junction was approved by Highland Council last summer after engineers deemed it one of the most dangerous in the region.

Retired councillor Isobel McCallum, who supported early efforts to get the old junction rerouted, cut a ribbon at the spot to cheers from residents on Saturday.

Crask resident Gordon Morris started the campaign to make the junction safer when he wrote to the council about it in 2003.

He said: “All the residents felt the same. We started recording our near misses, and it all helped build our case.

“It just shows you, if you all communicate with each other and work together you can get things done.”

Resident Alison Lowe praised Ferintosh community council for the part it played in getting the junction done.

She said: “We cannot thank them enough. It is possible to achieve a great deal when a community works together.

“Once funding was sourced, planning granted, and contracts awarded the actual physical process went very smoothly.”

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