New Inverness swing bridge temporarily closes due to snags

INVERNESS’ new Torvean Swing Bridge has been temporarily taken out of service to allow adjustments to be made following initial snagging issues.

It was opened to traffic early last month, however it was discovered that adjustments were required to sensors to allow the bridge to operate as designed – particularly in fully automated mode in tandem with the existing Tomnauhrich Bridge, with both being operated from a new control tower.

The Highland Council said that such issues are not uncommon in developments of such a size and complexity, with them being outwith both it and Scottish Canals’ control.

A spokesperson for Highland Council, said, “We fully understand the confusion or frustration these issues may have caused for users of the A82 in particular. We would like to thank road users for their understanding at this time and reassure everyone that we are working as quickly as possible to ensure the bridge returns to operation.

“In the short time the new bridge has been in operation it has demonstrated the real benefits that the tandem bridge option offers to users and the council is confident this will be fully realised in the very near future.”

A spokesperson for partner organisation, Scottish Canals, added, “Due to ongoing snagging issues, Scottish Canals operating staff have asked the Highland Council to leave the bridge open to boating traffic whilst they await specialist contractors to carry out remediation. As Torvean is currently closed to road traffic, operating protocols for the neighbouring Tomnahurich Bridge mean that it will remain open to road traffic during peak hours to ensure that travel is possible.”