Civic Engineers have been appointed by Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS) and The Highland Council to carry out feasibility, design, community engagement and public consultation for a project to improve the access routes and entrances to Inverness Rail Station. The project, which will use Civic Engineers’ transport planning and public realm expertise, is funded from the Community Links programme, administered by Sustrans on behalf of Transport Scotland.
The proposals aim to make it easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists to access the Railway Station from Academy St, Falcon Square and Inverness Bus Station at Farraline Park / Rose Street and to enhance the surrounding streetscape.
Public consultation began on 30th November 2018 on the project, which will shape the future of Academy Street, Inverness and complement a planned major upgrade of the railway station and revamp of the Victorian Market. We have been leading the multi-disciplinary team looking at the feasibility, design and community engagement for the projects.
The options include widening pavements, reducing traffic speeds and introducing streetscape features to enhance the look and feel of the city centre. The public got their first look at the options at a public engagement event and following a review of the consultation process, the aim is to then progress to a detailed design.