As diligent citizens continue to write letters to Transport Scotland and the "Nairn needs a bypass now!" stickers that remain in a few car windows fade away, let's consider the future. If a bypass were to ever be built then, of course, you would pay anyway through your taxes but would any Gurnites support a toll road to avoid the lights and the delays? How much would you be prepared to pay per trip? One regular reader suggests 50p. He had been reading an article on the BBC Wales pages entitled M4 relief road: Chancellor 'to approve toll plan'. Would a toll road be feasible here? It could be a long time Holyrood finds the cash to build a bypass for us so what about private finance?
Yes, this observer realises this is an article that some would consider more suitable for yesterday but who knows what future administrations at an independent or devo-maxed Scottish Government might be forced to come up with when it comes to building roads.