07 November 2019

Work resumes on Campus bridge

Work has restarted on installing a new public transport bridge linking the north end of Inverness Campus with the Inverness Retail and Business Park.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is leading the development of the campus. The bridge was a key condition applied by the Highland Council to planning consent granted for the development in 2011. The bridge’s completion is required before the council will permit more than 50,000sqm of development on the site.

With projects in the pipeline expected to take development beyond this point, HIE commissioned construction work on the new bridge in October 2018. The project was temporarily halted in June this year due to delays in finalising the formal agreement required between The Highland Council, HIE and Network Rail for the structure to cross the railway line.

Contractors returned to the site in October and installed the structural beams overnight on Saturday 19th. Completion works will be carried out over the next few months, with the bridge due to open in spring 2020.

The structure crosses the main Inverness-Perth railway line and will provide access for pedestrians, cyclists and buses to and from the east of the city, avoiding the Raigmore interchange.

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This will be the second bridge linking Inverness Campus with the retail park. The existing Drumrosach bridge at the south end of the site is a popular route used around 2,500 times a week by pedestrians and cyclists.