Kessock Bridge disruption plans to be explained

Kessock Bridge. Pic: Copyright of Iain Maclean Highland Council will host a public meeting on the bridge works next week

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Capacity on rail services to and from Inverness are to be increased as part of measures to ease disruption during repair work to a key road bridge.

A programme of repairs are to be made to the Kessock Bridge at Inverness starting from next year, at an estimated cost of £18m.

Two phases of resurfacing work are to be carried out from February to June 2013 and February to June 2014.

More buses may also be laid on to help commuters.

Highland Council also hopes a closed down railway station at Conon Bridge can be revamped and reopened before the road works start.

The local authority and staff from Scotland Transerv will explain the measures at a public meeting being held in the Black Isle on 23 August.

The meeting in Culbokie Primary School will start at 18:00.

Cathel Macaskill, of Scotland Transerv, said two years of planning have gone into preparing for disruption expected during the works.

He added: "Over the last year particularly we have been working with emergency services and public transport providers on services which fit the needs of the users."

An emergency repair project on the Kessock Bridge was completed last year.

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