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MSP calls for road safety improvements on A82 in Inverness

Kenneth Street in Inverness Image copyright Google
Image caption Pedestrian Andrew Buchanan was struck by a car at the junction of Kenneth Street and Tomnahurich Street in Inverness

An MSP has called for road safety improvements on the A82 in Inverness following a man's death.

Andrew Buchanan, 46, from Inverness, died in hospital on Monday, nine days after being hit by a car.

He was struck by the vehicle at the junction of Kenneth Street and Tomnahurich Street.

MSP David Stewart has called for improvements on nearby Glenurquhart Road. Transport Scotland said it was carrying out a safety study.

Mr Stewart asked Transport Scotland to consider installing a controlled pedestrian crossing on Glenurquhart Road, which forms part of the A82, as a way of helping to improve safety.

He said: "Glenurquhart Road is part of the main route down the Great Glen and is a very busy thoroughfare.

"It is also a wide road that is bounded by houses on both sides. It is quite surprising that there have not been more fatalities over the years."

'Started engaging'

Transport Scotland said its sympathies were with the family and friends of Mr Buchanan.

A spokesman said: "We have been liaising with Police Scotland to understand the circumstances of the accident and we understand that the road layout was not a contributory factor.

"As part of standard policy we met with the police and the road operating company at the location to obtain more detailed information."

He added: "We are currently undertaking a road safety study on the A82 trunk road between Longman roundabout and Tomnahurich Swingbridge in Inverness.

"This will look at active travel provision along the A82 trunk road at these locations, set in the context of the wider Inverness City Active Travel Network.

"We have already started engaging with stakeholders as part of this study which will be completed in the next financial year."

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