|Location Map ( geo)|
The small village of Ferness lies above the River Findhorn to the south of Nairn. It may only consist of a row of houses and a scattering of farms in the surrounding fields and woodlands, but it is nevertheless an important waypoint on the roads that cross at the heart of the village. The older of the two routes is the B9007, which passes through from south west to north east and was originally built in the 1760s by Major Caulfeild as part of the military road network in this part of the Highlands. Fifty years later, Thomas Telford was responsible for the construction of the A939, which crosses from south east to north west as part of his commission on Highland roads and bridges.
The junction is a skewed crossroads where the B9007 crosses the A939. The routes cross with both roads descending to the west, so that the near parallel northern and southern arms are graded in opposite directions. However, the open grassy nature of the land in the acute angles of the crossroads means that this is not the problem that it could be at a more built up junction.
Old OS 1-inch maps suggest that the junction was once a staggered crossroads, with the B9007 being the straight through route, and the A939 dog-legging across. However, larger scale maps show a layout not too dissimilar to the present one, albeit with perhaps a little more road space at the junction, elongating the area where the two roads cross. Today, the A939 takes priority in every sense, with the B9007 meeting it at give way lines. As a rule there is not enough traffic at the junction for any delays to be caused.
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