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'Ground-breaking investment plan,' says Raymond Bremner – £60m for Highland roads and infrastructure

By David G Scott

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Highland Council will consider a proposal to invest up to £60m in Highland roads and infrastructure that its leader calls the "biggest improvements" communities will have ever seen.

The proposals include an additional £40m investment plan for roads and transport infrastructure. This, on top of the previous three years of increased levels of funding, would bring the total capital investment in Highland roads over the next three years to £65m.

Potholed road in Keiss. Picture: DGS
Potholed road in Keiss. Picture: DGS

Leader of the council Raymond Bremner said: “Roads are a clear priority for the communities across the Highlands and this has been a theme in feedback from public engagement. With a local road network, many of these lifeline routes, stretching some 6600km, it is essential that continued funding at previous levels is maintained.

He went on to say: “In addition to the need for significant investment in our roads and infrastructure, we need a major solution for our ageing school estate. With this in mind, we will be bringing a ground-breaking investment plan to the May council, which will lay the foundation for the biggest improvements communities will have ever seen.”

Council leader Raymond Bremner. Picture: DGS
Council leader Raymond Bremner. Picture: DGS

Convener Bill Lobban said: “The capital investment proposed for roads will further enhance the significant level of investment over the past three years, which is in addition to the roads revenue budget of £35m per year which includes allocations for winter maintenance, roads repairs and engineering services. There are a significant number of schemes that can be brought forward into an agreed programme for roads investment, which will be informed by the allocation formulas being considered through the council’s redesign board.

“Supporting sustainable and resilient communities is at the heart of our council programme and our investment plans reflect this commitment.”

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A further £10m is proposed for investment in Corran Ferry infrastructure to support the delivery of new facilities that can accommodate modern Roll on-Roll off ferries. Up to £10m of the remaining capital is proposed for investment in other projects such as the council’s bus service, to bring improved connectivity for local communities.

The proposals are set out in a report to a council meeting on March 14.

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