Cycle track bid misses out

The cycle track from bridge of Muchalls to Stonehaven missed out on funding from SUSTRANS

The cycle track from bridge of Muchalls to Stonehaven missed out on funding from SUSTRANS

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It wasn’t all good news from SUSTRANS this week as a bid for funding for a cycle track between Muchalls and Stonehaven parallel to the A90 did not receive Community Links funding.

The Mearns Leader first reported back in November that a project costing an estimated £400,000 could see the A90 ‘missing link’ at Bridge of Muchalls to Stonehaven cycle path come to fruition.

A facebook group was initially set up back in September 2013 to make the case for a cycle track because of the narrow path currently available.

This week, SUSTRANS told the Mearns Leader and Kincardineshire Observer that, owing to a “record highnumber of bids at a very high standard,’’ the cycle track bid missed out funding.

A spokesperson added: “The cycle track bid was fantastic but we simply can’t afford to fund them all.”

The news has been met with disappointment from North Kincardine councillor Ian Mollison.

He commented: “While I am very pleased about the good news for Portlethen, I am very disappointed that the link between Muchalls and Stonehaven has been turned down. This would a great boon for cyclists and walkers.

‘‘It leaves a missing link along the coast.”