Road works to improve public transport access to Raigmore Estate from Millburn Road have been completed and opened to buses today (Thursday 2 July).
Contractors Pat Munro (Alness) Ltd, on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), have installed a ‘bus gate’ as part of wider access improvements to link Inverness Campus with the city centre.
The new junction allows eastbound buses to access King Duncan’s Road without having to travel round the Raigmore Interchange. They can then continue through Raigmore Estate and drop passengers near the pedestrian bridge to Inverness Campus which was installed over the A9 in 2013. The bus gate includes controlled traffic signals and a pedestrian crossing. HIE was able to piggyback some of the work onto the earlier Highland Council cycle lane works.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is developing 215-acre Inverness Campus as a world class facility to attract business, research and educational organisations, promoting collaboration and building on the area’s progress in securing highly skilled jobs.
With investment in the Campus already approaching £100 million, it is expected to be one of the main drivers in the region’s economy.
Ruaraidh MacNeil, HIE’s director for the Inverness Campus project, said: “We are very keen that the Campus is closely linked with the city centre. The combination of the pedestrian bridge and the bus gate will make a big difference in that respect, enabling people to travel back and forth relatively easily. It will also ease pressure on the Raigmore interchange as fewer buses will need to use this. Clearly there has been some considerable inconvenience over the past few weeks while the bus gate has been installed and we really appreciate the patience of all those affected.”