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Inverness swing bridge reopens

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A Canal swing bridge on the A82 which was closed to road and boat traffic after becoming jammed, has reopened.

Scottish Canals said a buffer on the Tomnahurich Bridge in Inverness had become detached causing it to get stuck in the open position.

Diversions were put in place for road traffic, causing delays for hundreds of motorists.

Motorist Houston Brown, of Glenburn Drive, Inverness, was among those caught up in the chaos yesterday.

He said: “It was absolute gridlock in the town-centre. It took me at least 45 minutes to get 400 yards along Kenneth Street.

“Most of the town-centre was not moving at all. People were getting out of their cars to see what was going on because they were so frustrated.”

Questions were also raised by some residents over plans to construct another swing bridge over the canal at Tomnahurich as part of the controversial West Link Road project.

Ted MacKenzie, chairman of Dalneigh and Columba community council, said: “This incident should scare folk away from building another swing bridge across the canal. It is a tunnel that’s needed in there, and there’s a lot of folk who think that.

Police Scotland confirmed the bridge had reopened late on Monday night and thanked the public for their patience.

 

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