Following the full meeting of The Highland Council yesterday (Thursday 14 September 2023) when a Notice of Amendment for the proposed design of Academy Street was discussed, the Council has decided to proceed.
The decision means that project officers from The Highland Council will now finalise the proposed design, making any necessary minor amendments as required, and consulting on a Traffic Regulation Order, which will be subject to statutory consultation.
The Council will also continue to discuss the project with stakeholders and prepare appropriate equalities and economic impact assessments.
The approved design for Academy Street will see footpaths widened to the maximum possible, allowing for the introduction of trees and planting, bicycle parking, benches, and café furniture.
Pedestrian crossing facilities will be increased along the length of the street.
The use of bus lanes will reduce through flow traffic and achieve reduced traffic volumes allowing for safe on carriageway cycling.
The scheme will maintain private vehicle access to businesses.
Comprehensive re-signage of alternative traffic routes and available parking opportunities to access the city centre will also be introduced.
The Academy Street project is funded by Transport Scotland’s Places for Everyone fund.