Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Paying too much for broadband? Move to PlusNet broadband and save£££s. Free setup now available - terms apply. PlusNet broadband.  


A9 Kessock Bridge Route changes in advance of Major Works

1st February 2013

Photograph of A9 Kessock Bridge  Route changes in advance of Major Works

Issued by Scotland Transerv

Work starts on the major refurbishment of the A9 Kessock Bridge on Monday 11th February 2013 for 17 weeks. The installation of the traffic management will start at 10pm on Saturday 9th February to be in place for the commencement of the works. The northbound carriageway on the bridge will be closed and a contraflow will be in place on the southbound carriageway.

In advance of the start of the works there are important changes being made to road layouts in the vicinity of the bridge.

A82 Longman Road

Between the 4th and 11th February a series of improvements will become operational between Rose Street and the Longman roundabout.

The improvements include new traffic signals on the westbound approach to the Rose Street roundabout, designed to improve the flow of traffic out of the nearby car parks principally during evening peak times.

New traffic signals are also being installed at the junction of Henderson Road and the A82 Longman Road designed to allow right turning traffic from Henderson Road which will help to reduce congestion at Longman Roundabout.

New traffic signals have been installed on the three main approaches to the Longman roundabout to allow a more balanced flow on the roundabout and increase vehicle throughput. The installation of these signals means that the current dedicated lanes, A9 northbound to A82 westbound and A82 eastbound to A9 northbound will no longer be in effect and return to their original design.

Stadium Road, Inverness

From Stadium road to the A9 southbound a new dedicated slip road has been constructed. This slip road will facilitate direct access to the A9 southbound from the city, bypassing the A82 and Longman roundabout. The introduction of this slip road allows the provision of a bus lane between Stadium road and Longman roundabout. This bus lane will help to achieve reliable journey times for users of public transport leaving Inverness during the evening peak. To allow this to happen all other traffic must exit Stadium road onto the A9 southbound, utilising the new dedicated slip road. Drivers should note that only buses will be allowed to turn right at Longman roundabout.

Please note that with the introduction of this bus lane buses currently using the A82 eastbound, approaching Longman roundabout will be re-routed via Stadium Road. For further bus information please contact the bus operator Stagecoach.

Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements

11th February to June 2013.

A9 Southbound Bus Lane
From the 11th February for the 17 weeks works period, drivers heading southbound on the A9 from Tore roundabout to Kessock Bridge will directed into Lane One (slow lane) allowing Lane 2 to be a dedicated bus and HGV lane. Emergency services vehicles, works vehicles associated with the Kessock Bridge, buses and HGVs will be the only vehicles permitted to using this lane. Compliance with this arrangement will be legally enforced.

For safety reasons while the dedicated bus lane is operational for the 17 week period, right turns will be legally prohibited to and from the following junctions with the A9.

Right turns to the northbound carriageway of the A9 will also be prohibited out of the Munlochy junction.

A9 Kessock Bridge Footpath/Cycleway

While the northbound carriageway will be closed for Phase One (17 weeks) of the works the footpath/cycleway, for public safety reasons, will be closed. To the north of the bridge cyclists/pedestrians will be guided under the bridge adjacent to North Kessock Lifeboat Station to gain access to and from the footway/cycleway adjacent to the southbound carriageway.

To the south of the bridge cyclists will be guided under the bridge via Stadium to gain access the footway/cycleway.

The traffic management arrangements will be continually under review with the emergency services, and the contractor in order to maximise traffic flows on the A9. Public safety is paramount during these essential works and will be closely monitored.

We would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding during the essential advance works and express a commitment to make every effort to minimise disruption during this major scheme.

Motorists should allow extra time for their journeys and pay attention to any advisory signs which will be in place throughout the works. For real time journey planning information when the works start, including queue lengths and access to live cameras, visit


Related Businesses


Related Articles

Review of Debt advice and related services
The Council has a legal duty to provide certain advice and information services on debt, welfare and housing for local residents.  Employment rights advice is also provided but there is no statutory duty on the Council to provide this.  
Closing the attainment gap in Highland
Highland Council is fully supportive of the aim to close the poverty-related educational attainment gap between children and young people from the least and most disadvantaged communities.  In Highland, 1537 Primary and 1006 Secondary School children live in the most deprived data zones.  
Council gets tough on unlicensed HMO
Last week, The Highland Council issued rent suspension orders (RSO) in relation to a number of properties being operated as unlicensed houses in multiple occupation (HMO).   The orders, which have been served on the owners and tenants, mean that the tenants are no longer under any obligation to pay rent to their landlord.  
Council Leader Welcomes Scottish Government's Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund
The Leader of The Highland Council Councillor Margaret Davidson welcomed the First Minister's announcement of a Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund to deliver much needed improvements to tourist infrastructure to support the rising numbers of visitors to the Highlands.   This comes the week after figures were published for August which showed Highland visitor attractions were performing 17% higher compared to August last year, a result that is backed by accounts from residents and businesses that the area has been hugely popular with visitors this season.  
Highland is ready for winter - are you?Thumbnail for article : Highland is ready for winter - are you?
The Highland Council is ready for winter and prepared to grit council roads as the council's winter maintenance programme starts on 14 October.   Trunk roads in Highland are the responsibility of Transport Scotland and their operators Bear Scotland.  
Trading Standards are looking for Test Purchasers
Trading Standards are looking for young people to take part in test purchasing exercises.  We want to find out which shops are breaking the law by selling age restricted products to young people under 18.  
Killimster Moss Road OpeningThumbnail for article : Killimster Moss Road Opening
Caithness Civic leader Cllr Willie Mackay (centre) cuts the tape at the opening of the newly refurbished half mile Killimster Moss stretch of the B876 Wick to Thurso road.   Looking on are some of the Highland council workers praised for the project which was done on time and within budget.  
Praise for B876 Killimster Moss road refurbishmentThumbnail for article : Praise for B876 Killimster Moss road refurbishment
Caithness Civic Leader Cllr Willie Mackay has welcomed the reopening of the B876 Killimster Moss Road.   A stretch of the Caithness Wick to Thurso road at Killimster Moss was refurbished over a four week programme of improvement and reopened on Friday 29 September.  
Consultation on review of Highland polling stations
A chance to have your say.   Voters are being invited to have their say on a review of polling places throughout the Highland Council area The Council has today (Monday 2 October 2017) launched a consultation over its review of election polling districts and polling places.  
£1 million for school libraries over 3 years
The Scottish Government is allocating £1 million to improve school libraries over the next three years.   Launched today by the Deputy First Minister, the School Library Improvement Fund will be open for education authorities to apply for funding on behalf of school libraries in their area.  

[Printer Friendly Version]