A90 ‘missing link’ could become reality

A Facebook group to see a cycle path built along the A90 was started in September

A Facebook group to see a cycle path built along the A90 was started in September

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A project costing an estimated £400,000 could see the A90 ‘missing link’ at Bridge of Muchalls to Stonehaven cycle path.

In a letter from Head of Transportation at Aberdeenshire Council, Ewan Wallace, to Councillor Ian Mollison, it is outlined that the council has three schemes to take forward as bids applications as and when funding becomes available.

One of these schemes includes “A90 Bridge of Muchalls to Stonehaven. ‘Missing Link’ adjacent to A90. Estimated Cost: £400k.”

The letter from Mr Wallace states: “We recognise the important role that cycling has in terms of the environmental, health and transport agendas and have always invested time and resource to support the vision of the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland.

“I am therefore pleased to inform you that as a result of this forward planning, we have three high value strategic cycling schemes to take forward as bid applications to the new funding and our officers are already in the process of pooling supporting information and gathering partner support which will, of course, include use of our own funds, bids to the new Sustrans fund and I would hope contributions from the Trunk Road Authority.”

North Kincardine councillor Ian Mollison has welcomed the news: “More and more people are cycling but the journey between Bridge of Muchalls and Stonehaven is hazardous at the moment.

“There’s a poor narrow path at present with traffic thundering past at 70mph just inches away.

“I look forward to hearing more details about the plans and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the council will be successful.

“I am disappointed, though, that no headway has been made regarding a safe cycling and walking route between Newtonhill and Portlethen.

“Many people do take to the pavement alongside the A90 at Cammachmore.

“The more direct route parallel to the railway line would be mush more attractive - and safer too.”

Sustrans the leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport will set out the bidding process for the funds.