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Highland Council group to consider West Link plans

River Ness at Holm Mill
Image caption The proposed new road would need to bridge the River Ness

A working group made up of Highland councillors and officers is to be set up to examine eight potential routes for a new road in Inverness.

The West Link aims to take traffic from the city's Southern Distributor Road to the A82, avoiding the city centre.

Some residents started a campaign to prevent the new road crossing public parks, including Whin Park.

The working group would identify a preferred route, or routes, for public consultation.

According to a Highland Council report, the period of consultation could run from 23 November this year to 16 January 2012.

The working group would consider the feedback before reporting to a full meeting of the council.

In the report, officers described the West Link as a complicated project, partly because it must cross the River Ness and Caledonian Canal.

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