Equine insurance: U-turn over A9 horse crossing
Horse riders in Scotland have cheered the decision to install a dedicated crossing over the A9, after initially being told that the facility was not possible.
Transport Scotland had previously stated that improvements which have turned the stretch of road at Crubenmore, near Newtonmore, into a dual carriageway could not accommodate a safe route for walkers, cyclists and riders.
However, after campaigners threatened to blockade the route in protest and Scottish first minister Alex Salmond intervened, the decision has been reversed.
Ruaridh Ormiston, manager of the local Newtonmore Riding Centre, welcomed the result but said that it was unfortunate that the concession had not been made sooner.
"Earlier discussions would have ensured that an underpass was included in the current works. It will not be ready when the new dual carriageway opens this August so some interim arrangement will need to be made," he explained.
It is not yet known what the permanent arrangement will be or when it will be opened.
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