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'Spider' roads network plan for Inverness

Ness Walk, Inverness
Image caption The network would be aimed at pedestrians and cyclists in the city

A linked up network of paths, cycle-ways and streets dubbed "the spider" could be created in Inverness to ease travel around the city.

The idea is among proposals set out by Highland Council on how the Highland capital could grow.

Other suggestions include an aspiration to improve the lives of all residents of Inverness and giving greater protection to wildlife in the city.

Councillors will consider the Inverness City Vision 2010 later.

"The spider" would see main roads, streets and walkways linked up to allow access to any part of the city.

Authors of the Inverness City Vision document said it could benefit pedestrians and cyclists.

They said: "If you were to construct a 'spider' of links connecting to the city centre you could connect into every neighbourhood in the city.

"This means there would be a choice of high quality pedestrian and cycle routes, which would allow youths, families and older people to travel around safely."

Members of the council's Inverness City Committee will consider the document.

The proposals it contains update a vision drawn up in 2003.

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