New section of cycle path almost complete
09/05/16 13:04 Filed in: News
The new cycle path running from Kintore to Port Elphinstone along the east side of the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness trunk road, has taken a big step forward.
The construction of the section between Kintore (starting by the entrance to the Overdon Care Home) and Kintore Business Park is now almost complete.
"The new section of path between Kintore and Kintore Business Park looks great,” says Councillor Martin Ford (pictured on the cycle path above), an avid cyclist. “I shall continue to press for the planned linking cycle path between Kintore Business Park and the Thainstone roundabout to be built as soon as possible."
Following representations from Cllr Ford, a feasibility study was undertaken in 2012 into the possibility of a cycle path between Kintore and Port Elphinstone entirely on the east side of the A96 over the full length of the route.
There is currently a cycle path on the east side of the A96 between Port Elphinstone and the Thainstone roundabout.
Between Thainstone and Kintore though, Councillor Ford points out, until now there has been nothing for cyclists on the east side of the A96, and just a very poor path adjacent to the A96 on the west side of the road.
Anyone wanting to cycle between Kintore and Port Elphinstone/Inverurie therefore has had to cross the A96 dual carriageway near Thainstone or cycle part of the way on the trunk road itself.
Council officers are reported to be working on resolving remaining issues to enable a cycle path to be built between Kintore Business Park and the Thainstone roundabout.
The cost of the cycle path is estimated at £300,000.