John has secured a meeting between the Highland Cycle Campaign and Transport Minister Keith Brown to discuss the problems cyclists face with the Kessock Bridge upgrade.
Questioning Mr Brown in Parliament this week, John asked ‘what methods of consultation the Scottish Government uses to gauge the views of cyclist to major trunk road works’, and highlighted the perceived ‘discouragement of cycling’ and the need for Transport Scotland to improve its complaints handing system.
Speaking after John said:
“I received representations from the Highland’s cycling community about how Transport Scotland had dealt with cyclists and their complaints. I raised those concerns directly with Transport Scotland and I understand why their response to me fails to satisfy my constituents, including pedestrians who were also adversely affected.
“The Scottish Government rightly promotes and encourages active travel and I’m keen to see that nothing frustrates the ability of cyclist to safely use our quality cycle routes and paths.
“I am grateful to the Minister for agreeing to meet with me and Highland Cycle Campaign whom I know will be able to make constructive suggestions to avoid some of the past difficulties.”