FIRST Minister Alex Salmond, MSP for Aberdeenshire East and Christian Allard, MSP for North East Scotland have welcomed proposals to improve cycling infrastructure in Aberdeenshire.
Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown announced on Tuesday, (September 24), at Scotland’s first cycling summit, that an additional £20m allocated to cycling would be spent over the next two years.
The proposals by Aberdeenshire Council come after Mr Allard and Mr Salmond both wrote to the local authority to encourage them to make use of the scheme.
The proposals being put forward by Aberdeenshire Council include: a route along the A96 from Kintore to Inverurie as part of a longer term scheme to link Inverurie to Aberdeen and a third scheme to link the new Ellon Academy between the town centre and the new river crossing.
Christian Allard said, “I am delighted to welcome the proposals for improvements in cycling infrastructure Aberdeenshire Council have put forward in their response to my letter.
“These proposals are extremely encouraging and will see people living in Aberdeenshire benefiting from the additional funding allocated to cycling by the Scottish Government.”
Alex Salmond commented, “I’m glad to see that Aberdeenshire Council is taking proactive steps towards improving the network of designated cycle routes in my constituency.
“The Council has since indicated that they are pursuing two projects in Aberdeenshire East. Both the Kintore to Inverurie route, and the Ellon Riverside scheme will provide a huge boost to my constituents living in these areas and make cycling a viable and attractive mode of everyday transport for commuters and schoolchildren.