New West Link Road Opens
The West Link distributor road fully opened to traffic on Monday 11th December.
The completion of the first phase of Inverness’s West Link road was marked by an opening ceremony and convoy of vehicles at 09:30am which opened the link between the A82 and the Dores Road.
Provost of Inverness, Helen Carmichael said: “It is a very important day for many of you who have been involved in the decision-making, planning and delivering of this very significant project for Inverness and the Highlands.
“It was very exciting to open the road and it will bring so many benefits, including reducing congestion and pollution in our city centre. My thanks to everyone involved in getting us to this special day.”
Chair of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Allan Henderson said: “The West Link project dates back to the late 1960s when concept of peripheral route on the south side of Inverness was first tested.
“Now at long last, after many decades, the West Link is now a reality - delivered on time, and on budget!
“As with any major project, developing community, political and statutory consensus on the route - and funding - is a large part of the battle.
“The scheme is also enabling housing development and associated developer contributions. In fact, the Benefit to Cost Ratio of the West Link project is 3.86, which represents nearly £4 of benefit to every £1 of public investment.”
Stage 2 of the West Link project is programmed to commence in 2019 and will be completed in 2020 following the relocation of the golf course and building of a second swing bridge