Munlochy junction

March 2021

Safety concerns at Munlochy Junction - study report published

Concern has been expressed in recent months about hazards and the potential for serious accidents at the junction between the A9 dual carriageway and the B9161 road to Munlochy, usually referred to as 'the Munlochy junction'.  Consultation took place last year between Transport Scotland officials and representatives of local 'stakeholder' organisations including Police Scotland, Bear Scotland, MSPs, Highland Council, Highland and Community councillors etc.

What is called a 'Case for Change' study has now been carried out by consultants for Transport Scotland, and a 284 page report published which concludes nothing except that there is a case for change, and presents a 'long list' of 40 options ranging from painting the kerbs at the junction with fluorescent paint to creating a completely new road from some point along the B9161 to the North Kessock junction.

Don't expect action any time soon.  Under 'Conclusions and next steps' the report states
'This Initial Appraisal: Case for Change report has set out the context for the appraisal of the A9 section between the North Kessock junction and the Tore Roundabout and the intermediate junctions.'

What happens next?
'If the study proceeds beyond the Case for Change, the next stage would be the preliminary appraisal.'

And then?
'Following the Preliminary Appraisal, if funding is available, a more detailed appraisal may be carried out . .'

And after all that, and with who knows how many hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money in the consultants' pockets, perhaps in four or five years time we'll get the kerbs at the junction painted with fluorescent paint.

The names of the representatives of the 'stakeholder' organisations who took part in the consultation have been redacted. (Appendix J).

There are some interesting photographs in Appendix I.

Transport Scotland web page

Report PDF download link

'Conclusions and Next Steps'  extract from report

Transport Scotland letter to stakeholders

PM   25-03-2021

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