Residents had long complained about traffic congestion along the A96. Amid the general rejoicing over the summer that the Sainsburys’ development was going ahead, few folk noticed that the conditions in the small print included a requirement from Transport Scotland not for any replanning of junctions in the centre (as the NICE proposals had suggested), but for the installation of four additional sets of traffic lights through the town.
These were not, however, for the hordes of Sainsburys’ customers. It emerged that – without any local consultation or publicity – the lights had been introduced because Highland Council and Transport Scotland had requested consultants to make plans to cope with the expected extra traffic on the assumption that a major housing development at Sandown would be agreed. Despite the refusal of the Sandown application, the traffic lights still appeared – although strangely, not at the key Waverley Road turning to the hospital and Cawdor; and with no improvement to the hazardous Sandown Lane junction. Funny how Transport Scotland seem to think they know better than the locals….
What do residents think about the extra lights? Please let NICE have your comments.