Black Isle MSP secures road safety summit and launches consultation to gather community views

The constituency MSP for the Black Isle has launched a road safety consultation as a way of gathering the views of regular road users on the A9 ahead of next month’s summit with Transport Scotland and community representatives about the Munlochy junction.

It is hoped that someone from every Black Isle community council will attend the summit – to be held in North Kessock on Friday 20 March – in addition to local Highland councillors, Police Scotland and Transport Scotland.

In advance of that, Kate Forbes MSP has launched a consultation which will feed the views of regular road users of the Munlochy junction into that meeting.

Results from the six-question survey, which includes suggested improvements to the present layout as well as opportunities for people to report their own experiences, will be presented to roads engineers at the summit.

It follows a series of accidents and fatalities at the “notorious” junction on the A9, which leads onto the B9161. 

Kate Forbes MSP said: “I am pleased that representatives from Black Isle community councils, Transport Scotland, Police Scotland and Highland Council have agreed to come to a road safety summit to discuss improvements to the Munlochy junction.

“There is a clear consensus that the status quo is not an option, and we should be exploring every possible avenue to improve safety here.

“Many Black Isle residents have expressed strong views about this particular junction, so I hope the consultation will give everyone the opportunity to have their say and for that to be fed back in a constructive manner to the roads engineers.

“Anyone travelling north of Inverness will have likely passed this junction at some point, and to that end I would be grateful to hear from regular road users as well as the local community about how we can improve road safety here.”

The consultation can be completed online here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/X7YNB2B

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