More time for North-east travel consultation

Residents in five of Aberdeenshire’s largest towns have another chance from this week to give their views on improving travel.

The council has extended a recent Integrated Travel Towns (ITTs) consultation which took place in Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie and Portlethen.

Additional online consultation will take continue until July 20 to allow anyone unable to attend previous events to give their opinions.

Events were well attended and the authority says there is clearly significant interest among communities.

The results of the consultation exercises will feed into the development of a masterplan focusing on local walking, cycling, and public transport infrastructure.

The consultative approach to the initiative follows the success of Peterhead as an award-winning Cycling Demonstration Town.

This saw improved and promoted cycle links within the town, working with the local community to make it easier and more accessible for people to cycle to their destination.

The work saw the development of new routes, LED-lit paths, an annual bike ride, cycle mechanic training, bike recycling and area cycle maps, resulting in nearly 300 additional weekly journeys made by bike.

With new funding from Smarter Choices Smarter Places (SCSP), Aberdeenshire Council plans to follow similar principles in the five towns and surrounding areas.

The ITT project will focus on long-distance routes, links within the towns and the introduction of a marketing and promotional campaign.

It will be developed in partnership with schools and the local community with the aim of making all sustainable travel easier and more accessible.