David Stewart MSP

Highland MSP calls for an End to Inverness Traffic Chaos

Highlands and Islands Regional Labour MSP David Stewart has called for an end to the traffic chaos which is bringing the town centre of Inverness to a halt.

This follows the introduction of a new traffic scheme earlier this spring by Highland Council, in conjunction with the Inverness City Partnership.

Mr Stewart said, “The current system in the town centre of Inverness has three roads feeding into Queensgate, where previously there were only two.

“Also, traffic which previously headed down Church Street, clearing out of the town centre system, is now directed into the congested Queensgate.

“My office is in the town centre and I have witnessed the congestion first-hand.

“The most striking aspect of the traffic flow is the number of buses using the town centre.

“Earlier today, I spent some time in the Queensgate/ Church Street area with former Provost of Inverness and local businessman Bill Fraser.

“He told me that certain buses seemed to be going round the town centre twice, adding that buses with destination boards for Dingwall, Muir of Ord, Cromarty, Ardersier and Fort George are regularly seen in the town centre.

“No one is winning with the present situation.

“The congestion is disrupting bus timetables and causing inconvenience for passengers; pedestrians are having difficulty crossing the road due to the traffic volumes and the environment and pedestrians are adversely affected by exhaust fumes.

“I have a meeting arranged this evening with Joan Aitken, one of the Traffic Commissioners, to discuss the present unacceptable situation.

“The eight UK Traffic Commissioners work with the Department of Transport and their remit includes the operation of passenger service vehicles.

“They are also undertaking a UK Particular Research programme – very relevant to the Inverness town centre situation.

“I will be raising the issue of bus routes with the commissioner and also the role of Inverness bus station.

“The scheduling of services between operators is another area worthy of consideration.

“Obviously, Highland Council are primarily responsible for the traffic flow and road lay-out and they should act quickly to address the present congestion, which is totally unacceptable and unpleasant for pedestrians and road users alike.”

Mr Stewart added, “I am totally supportive of the streetscape improvements being undertaken by the Inverness city partnership but the current traffic gridlock has to be addressed without further delay.

“This is the first real challenge for the SNP/ Independent-led administration at Highland Council.

“I would call on them to move quickly and take positive action.”

8 June 2007

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