|From:||Beechwood Business Park (NH687446)|
|To:||Dores Road (NH649422)|
|Via:||Sir Walter Scott Drive|
|Distance:||3.5 miles (5.6 km)|
|Met:||A9, B9006, B861, B862|
|Now part of:||A8082|
|Route outline (key)|
Route : Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness
The B8082 was the number given to the Inverness Southern Distributor Road, construction of which started in the late 1980s. None of the route is shown on the 1988 OS Landranger sheet.
It started on the northbound carriageway of the A9 just north of the Inshes Retail park, with the B9006 providing the other half of the GSJ. The two roads crossed at the Raigmore roundabout, the B8082 continuing southwards. After passing through a range of new and older housing development, the road terminated at the ninth roundabout on the B862 Dores Road, after crossing the B861 at the sixth roundabout. Most of the route was a 40mph limit, but as development has progressed alongside the road, the volume of traffic has increased and so traffic slowed somewhat.
Inverness West Link
Construction of the West Link at Inverness started in 2016. This comprised a series of new bridges across the River Ness and Caledonian Canal to link the B8082 with the A82 near Bught Park. The extra bridge over the canal will allow A82 flow to be maintained, with only one bridge swung at any time. The route was proven controversial, with many reports in the press regarding the parkland and sports pitches being lost to the new road, but work was completed in December 2017 and upon official opening the whole road was signed as the A8082. The Bridge over the River Ness is called the Holm Mills Bridge. In February 2018, most of the signs had been patched with a 'A' replacing the 'B'. However, a couple of signs still displayed the old number.