£2 million boost for cycling and walking projects in north-east of Scotland

Stuart Smith2014, News

Cycling and walking projects across the north-east of Scotland will benefit from a funding boost of more than £2 million thanks to sustainable transport body Sustrans Scotland.

Grant funding totalling £1.2 million has been awarded for 11 projects in Aberdeen city and shire. The money, from Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Programme, will be match-funded by north-east transport partnership Nestrans.

A range of prominent active travel projects will benefit from the funding, including the Formartine & Buchan Way, the Deeside Way and Integrated Travel Town (ITT) projects across Aberdeenshire.

The Community Links Programme provides funding for the creation of walking and cycling infrastructure for everyday journeys. A total of £14.5 million has been awarded for 136 projects across Scotland for 2014/15.

Nestrans chairman, Aberdeenshire councillor Peter Argyle, said: “This funding award is great news for sustainable transport options in the north-east of Scotland.

“The funding will help with vital improvements and upgrades to some important cycle and pathways across the region, helping to encourage people to leave their car at home and use another active mode of travel for everyday journeys.”

Funding to Aberdeen City Council (over one year) totalling £497,023:

  • The Parkway Pedestrian and Cycle Improvements (£12,500) – For detailed design works following on from previously-funded feasibility study.
  • River Dee Cycle Path (£190,000) – For upgrading of the path from King George VI Bridge to Bridge of Dee.
  • Formartine and Buchan Way (£92,000) – For re-surfacing of the route to Parkhill Bridge.
  • Ellon Road Strategic Cycle Links (£110,000) – Towards a construction project following on from a previously-funded feasibility and design study.
  • Deeside Way (£92,523) – For upgrading a section of the Deeside Way on the Aberdeen city/shire boundary.

Funding to Aberdeenshire Council (over two years) totalling £668,750:

  • Portlethen Integrated Travel Town – £15,000 (year one) £25,000 (year two)
  • Huntly Integrated Travel Town – £15,000 (year one) £25,000 (year two)
  • Inverurie Integrated Travel Town – £138,750 (year one) £190,000 (year two)
  • Fraserburgh Integrated Travel Town – £15,000 (year one) £25,000 (year two)
  • Peterhead Integrated Cycle Demonstration Town – £125,000 (year one) £5,000 (year two)
  • Ellon Integrated Travel Town – £90,000 (year one) £90,000 (year two)

For more information go to www.sustrans.org.uk/scotland