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Proposals for city one-way system
The council wants to cut congestion in the city centre
Plans for a new one-way system in an area of Inverness city centre have been unveiled by Highland Council.

The council has suggested that Ness Walk is made one-way southwards in the direction of Inverness Cathedral.

A northwards one-way system will also be introduced on the lower part of Kenneth Street, creating a one-way loop.

It is hoped the changes will cut congestion and enable streetscape improvements to take place.

Proposals to make Ness Walk one-way northbound were scrapped last year after complaints from local hotel and guest house owners.

The new scheme was unveiled at a meeting with local businesses at the Town House.

A more radical approach is necessary to achieve the positive results we all want
Provost Bob Wynd

Traffic signals will be removed at the Huntly Street junction with Ness Bridge, with vehicles from Huntly Street being forced to turn left.

A consultation process will now be carried out before the scheme is introduced.

Provost Bob Wynd, chairman of council's Inverness City committee, said: "We listened to the concerns expressed by the Ness Walk stakeholders last year and officers have undertaken a thorough and considered appraisal of all the options to try and find the best solution.

"This traffic simulation model provides an excellent demonstration of how each scenario would operate in practice and I think it helped highlight that a more radical approach is necessary to achieve the positive results we all want."

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