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Preparatory works planned for big Aviemore junction


By Tom Ramage

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The major make-over of Aviemore's Dalfaber Drive and Grampian Road junction is drawing near and in a fortnight's time lights and associated traffic implications will be in place.

Dalfaber junction plan
Dalfaber junction plan

Essential BT works will take place ahead of the April junction upgrade.

The work will see the use of four way lights control and movement of two bus stops.

"I have made the point that this is a very, very busy junction," said local Highland Councillor Bill Lobban, "and it does need to be upgraded."

Councillor Bill Lobban... showing Highlands is an inclusive place to live and work.
Councillor Bill Lobban... showing Highlands is an inclusive place to live and work.

But he added: "Maybe some consideration needs to be given to overnight working given the potential for huge disruption."

Later he was able to confirm: "Following my complaint BT have agreed to resubmit their plans to off-peak rather than 24hours which might help the congestion."

The junction of Grampian Road and Dalfaber Drive at the north end of Aviemore. Photo: Google Maps
The junction of Grampian Road and Dalfaber Drive at the north end of Aviemore. Photo: Google Maps

The upgrade was detailed last summer as part of the improved access to Aviemore’s new hospital, having been identified as a priority as part of the Active Aviemore consultation.

Phase one focuses on the improvements of Grampian Road and Dalfaber Drive junction and it is being taken forward by The Highland Council and Sustrans.

Last June, Chiquita Elvin, interim head of infrastructure delivery for Sustrans Scotland, explained: “The proposed changes to the Grampian Road junction will help make it easier and safer for people to walk, wheel and cycle in Aviemore.

“As a centre of outdoor activities, it is important to make sure that people of all ages and abilities can get around the town easily on foot and on wheel.

“Public feedback will help make sure that the improved junction works for everyone.”

The proposed works include the introduction a signalised junction including pedestrian and cyclist crossings on all three legs of the junction.

Also envisaged are widened footways, to accommodate people walking and cycling.

The design also permits future connections with additional measures planned to provide people access to the centre of Aviemore.

Active Aviemore is a partnership project that aims to deliver a range of measures to assist people in travelling more actively in Aviemore.

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