There has been renewed speculation in the press that there is hope of a Transport Hub being built on the land next to Inverness Station - redeveloping both the vacant Royal Mail premises in Strothers Lane and the current TK Maxx store beside the station.
Speaking of the Royal Mail building Stewart Nicol, Chief Executive of Inverness Chamber of Commerce said, "It is positive that it seems to be making progress", adding that it would be a "missed opportunity" if the existing building were to be replaced with a similar construction. "It's far too important a site for it to be used for something like that, it's a key part of the city centre. There is plenty of space for warehouses at the Longman Industrial Estate."
Fraser Grieve, Regional Director of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, commented that any offer made for the site would be a "positive step forward", adding, "There is an opportunity to make much better use of that site, given previous discussions. I would really hope that we don't miss the chance to do something special with it."
FoFNL strongly supports the idea of providing a proper transport exchange at the station since easy transfer between modes is a vital incentive to using the railway as the main part of any journey. Scotland has far too few examples of good interchanges, this is a chance for Inverness to show how it should be done.