A GLOBAL transport design firm has been appointed by Highland Council to lead the latest development of the Riverside Way project.
Aecom has been drafted in by the local authority to help develop the initiative, which aims to minimise the effects of large-scale events on the community, as well as making the Bught area more accessible to those using sustainable transport methods.
The Riverside Way joins the West Link to the city centre, covering the area of land between the western bank of the River Ness and the A82 trunk road.
The area is already used for events all year round, including the Race for Life, Loch Ness Marathon, and the Civic Bonfire.
Planning has begun for celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Caledonian Canal in 2022.
Depute Inverness provost Graham Ross said: "This is a great opportunity to co-ordinate our proposals for the Riverside Way covering the management of bigger public events along with improved walking and cycling infrastructure along the riverside.
"This fits well with the local development plan aim to maximise the economic potential of the Ness riverfront by making it more attractive, more accessible and more of a destination.
"I encourage everyone in the area and across the city to participate in the planned consultations and let us know your views on the options that emerge."
Funding for the project was granted at the most recent meeting of the Inverness City and Area Committee.
The initiative has been allocated £9800 from the Inverness Common Good Fund.
Highland Council will consult stakeholders and the public in the coming months, with a full report due in November.