Caley Thistle and County fans encouraged to car share

Andrew Shinnie Fans of Inverness Caley Thistle and Ross County could benefit from car sharing, organisers say

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Football fans are among road users in the Highlands being encouraged to car share during major road works on the Kessock Bridge at Inverness.

Work to upgrade the crossing on the A9 will start next month and carry on until June.

Community group Transition Black Isle has launched a website to help people find others to car share.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ross County supporters could benefit from the scheme, according to organisers.

The Highland Liftshare website has been launched as part of Transition Black Isle's Million Miles car usage reduction project.

Project officer Marion McDonald said travellers were being encouraged to "share the costs, share the journey and share the craic".

"Highland.liftshare.com is new and it might take a while for you to find a match initially, but keep trying, or broaden your search a little," she said.

"Every day, new people are registering and, as they do, more and more options will come available."

The Highland Council-funded website was launched at Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Tulloch Stadium.

'Unique challenges'

Football club chairman Kenny Cameron said: "Caley Thistle is delighted to be assisting and supporting this very worthwhile project.

"It is not only an opportunity to save on fuel bills but also your chance to do your bit for the environment, which is something we should all respect."

Ross County will also promote the website to its fans.

Team manager Derek Adams said: "We know that the geography presents some unique challenges for people and particularly our fans - many of whom have journeys of over an hour for home games here in Dingwall.

"Lift sharing is a great way not only to save money and help the environment, but it can also add to your match-day experience."

Work on the Kessock Bridge starts on 11 February, with further works planned for 2014.

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