ECOLOGICAL studies are to be undertaken to determine whether or not it is viable to create a bus gate through the grounds of Raigmore Hospital.
The route would link the hospital with Churchill Road in Inverness. However, a number of mature trees would need to be felled.
The Highland Council plans would be funded through the Scottish Government’s bus priority rapid deployment fund. However, following advice from Nature Scot, ecological data must be collected before any trees can be felled and funding secured.
A Highland Council spokesperson said, “This advice results in a necessary delay to the project meaning its completion will not be eligible for funding through the bus priority rapid deployment Fund as the survey period extends beyond the date that the funding can be claimed.
“The Raigmore bus gate remains a long-held aspiration of the various parties involved in the project and is a requirement upon NHS Highland who must deliver it before it can occupy the elective care centre currently under construction at Inverness Campus.”