30 April 2020

Inverness Campus closed to leisure traffic

Members of the public visiting Inverness Campus for leisure purposes are being told not to bring their cars.

The core of the Campus has been closed to vehicular traffic except for key workers and residents in the student blocks.

Campus developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has had signs installed to deter people from bringing their cars onto the campus while they take daily exercise.

The increasingly common practice of driving to the Campus for exercise has caused concerns among key workers involved in COVID-related projects in centres on the campus, and students who have been in lockdown in the residential blocks.

Ruaraidh MacNeil, HIE’s Inverness Campus project director, said:

“We recognise the Campus is a popular place for people to come for exercise, and during normal times we welcome this. It’s clear during the current circumstances it has become too busy at times, with parking being somewhat erratic, and this has made social distancing difficult.

“We are therefore asking anyone visiting the Campus for exercise during the lockdown not to bring their cars and to practice social distancing at all times.”

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A one-way system is in place to ensure key workers accessing the COVID-19 driving testing centre at the Inverness College UHI car park are diverted away from the main campus site. Signs are in place directing people to the testing centre and where to park.