06 July 2020

New bridge opens for buses

A new bridge at the north end of Inverness Campus is now being  used daily by buses.

The bridge, which links the Campus with the Inverness Retail and Business Park, opened on 12 June for walkers, cyclists, scooters and wheelchair users.

It crosses the main Inverness-Perth railway line and enables access to and from the east of the city, avoiding the Raigmore interchange.

The facility represents a £3.2m investment by Inverness Campus developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), including additional funding provided by the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland’s Places for Everyone programme.

From today (Monday 6 July), the bridge forms part of the daily route of the 6A service bus operated by Stagecoach. This runs 11 services a day, six days a week, between South Kessock and the Inverness shopping park, via the city centre, Kingsmills and Raigmore.

It will pass through Inverness Campus at 11 minutes past the hour from 07:11 to 17:11.

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

“The new bridge is about improving access to and from Inverness Campus by extending the low-carbon travel options that have formed part of the development from the outset.

“It offers better links between the retail and business park, the campus and other parts of the city, and encourages active travel.

“It’s great to see it now being used as part of the regular bus route. This will improve public transport options for the Campus as well as take some of the pressure off the Raigmore interchange.”

David Beaton, managing director at Stagecoach Highlands said:

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“We are delighted to be able to use the new Campus Bridge from this week. It has been fantastic to see how the Campus has evolved over the last few years and the new bus priority measure will allow us to easily connect people between these key areas of the city quicker than ever before. We will look forward to welcoming more people on board as the current lockdown travel restrictions continue to ease.”

The Inverness Campus north bridge will not be open for taxis or private vehicles.

ENDS.