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VIDEO: Is this link road the answer to cutting congestion in Inverness?

The video shows what the A9/A96 link road will look like.
The video shows what the A9/A96 link road will look like.

Check out this video showing what a long-awaited link road aimed at reducing traffic congestion in Inverness will look like.

The East Link project to connect the A9 and the A96 from Inshes to Smithton is estimated to cost between £25 million and £35 million.

Transport Scotland’s virtual reality model shows what they expect the road to look like 15 years after it opens.

Transport minister Michael Matheson believes the project will have a positive effect on traffic in Inverness.

He said: “When completed the scheme will improve the road network in the area both for motorists making long distance trips and also local journeys.

“It will provide traffic relief at the busy Raigmore Interchange and also improve journey times on the local road network.”

Material, which was shown as part of a public exhibition, is available to be viewed online here.

Transport Scotland has said that construction of the scheme will begin once it is approved through the statutory process.

A timetable for when the road will be built will only be determined once that happens.

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