Council and HITRANS call for balance in road provision
24th October 2019
The Highland Council and HITRANS are speaking out against the call from walking and cycling organisations to cease all new road building in Scotland.
Cycling Scotland, Cycling UK, Forth Environment Link, Living Streets, Paths for All, Ramblers Scotland, Sustrans Scotland and Transform Scotland issued the call as part of a joint response to the National Transport Strategy.
The Convener of The Highland Council, Bill Lobban said: "Try telling the many people and businesses in the Highlands who have been waiting for years to see investment in the A9 and A96 roads that all planned improvement works will stop! These organisations are based in the central belt where the road networks are more extensive and there are more public transport options than commuters and businesses in the Highlands have. I feel it is very naïve to issue such a statement without understanding the challenges and particular circumstances of everyone who would be affected if all road improvements stopped.
“We have campaigned for many years to see the A9 between Perth and Inverness dualled as it improves our link to the rest of Scotland, helps the economy and will improve safety. With work on this project and the work on the A96 route from Inverness to Aberdeen underway, we want to see it completed and will continue working with Transport Scotland and our partners HITRANS to ensure the Highlands has the investment in vital infrastructure it needs."
Chair of HITRANS and The Highland Council's Chair of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Allan Henderson said: “In making their comments these organisations are aiming to divert funds from these desperately needed infrastructure projects. As a council we are supportive of encouraging all modes of transport including walking, cycling and public transport. We are currently working in partnership with Sustrans on several exciting projects including Inverness City Active Travel Network, Wick Street Design, Dingwall 20mph schemes to name a few. We also work closely with Paths for All’s Smarter Choices Smarter Places fund to deliver behaviour change work and to support our partners Velocity to encourage active travel in our region. However, we also need to ensure that the main arterial routes leading to the Highlands, and our own network of roads keeps our communities connected and allows Highland based businesses to flourish.”
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