A8082 Inverness Trunk Link Road

Scheme outline

A route south of Inverness, connecting A82 west of the canal crossing with A9 and A96 to the east of the city. Two sections of new road will be built (West Link and East Link); the central part is an upgrade of the existing B8082 Southern Distributor Road to dual 2-lane carriageways.

At the northern end of the scheme, a second swing bridge will be built over the Caledonian Canal parallel to the existing one carrying the A82, and both bridges will be controlled centrally so that only one is opened at any one time. Signs on the approaches will direct traffic towards the open bridge so that queues to cross the canal are eliminated.

Information at public exhibitions suggests that the A82 itself will continue to run through Inverness and that the new road, along with the B8082 at its southern end, will become the A8082.

Under construction
New road
for use by all traffic
Highway authority


12 November 2008

Public meeting announced for 20 November to present options for the eastern section, including responses to comments received at May's consultation.

12 February 2011

Public consultation for the new Ness/Caledonian Canal crossing has now been concluded. The five options should now be narrowed down to one for final design.

23 November 2011

Second public consultation, with an additional three options, to take place with exhibitions on 29 November and 1 December.

17 February 2012

The preferred route will be decided at a council meeting to be held on 1 March 2012. A cross-party working group will recommend Option 6 as the best option to take forward.

2 March 2012

Highland Council has confirmed Option 6 as the preferred route for the West Link. The cost is put at £27.2m, and work is expected to start in 2014/15.

30 November 2015

Trees and forest along the A82 into Inverness and along the canal have been cleared and road improvements will begin shortly.

29 April 2016

West Link Stage 1 works will commence on Tuesday 3rd May.

13 November 2016

The northern roundabout has been mostly completed, the box underpass for pedestrians is nearing completion, and Ness bridge works are continuing.

4 January 2017

Tarmac has started to appear on the road off the north roundabout, and poles for the road signs have been put up.

16 January 2017

Tomnahurich Roundabout is open to A82 through traffic (the other northern roundabout - Torvean Roundabout - is not yet started).

20 March 2017

Bridge beams for the Ness river crossing have been lifted into place.

5 October 2017

Local press reporting hopes of a December opening for new link.

5 October 2017

Part of the road from Holm Mills to Ness side has been opened for access only. Most of the road has been tarmacked except the ness bridge

11 December 2017

New bridge across the River Ness is now open, and has been named Holm Mills Bridge. An opening ceremony was held at 09.30 this morning, and the road was open to traffic at 10.

8 January 2018

The new road is signposted A8082, and now the Southern Distributor Road has been reclassified to match (formerly B8082).

1 April 2019

The next stage of the West Link started on site this month, and will be finished in December 2020.

More information


With thanks to Duncan, Matthew Hutton, Michael Pritchard, Toby Speight and Rileyrob for information on this page.