Way ahead for safer cycling on busy A96 trunk road

Funding for a new cycle path to link Inverurie, Port Elphinstone and Kintore has been secured as part of a funding package awarded to Aberdeenshire Council by sustainable transport body Sustrans.

Wednesday, 30th April 2014, 12:54 pm
Cllr Ford pictured next to the busy A96 where a new cycle path will link Kintore and Port Elphinstone.

As part of the ‘Community Links Programme’, £1.2 million has been awarded for 11 projects in Aberdeen city and shire which includes £150,000 towards the estimated £300,000 needed to link Inverurie and Port Elphinstone to Kintore via a continuous cycle path along the busy A96 Inverurie to Aberdeen road.

And the news has been welcomed by East Garioch Green councillor Martin Ford who said, “I have had several requests from residents for a continuous cycle path between Kintore and Port Elphinstone, and have been pressing for one to be built for some time. I’m delighted the funding needed has now been secured.”

A section of cycle path already exists on the east side of the A96 between Port Elphinstone and the Thainstone roundabout, but Thainstone and Kintore are linked only by an incomplete path meaning cyclists face cycling on the busy commuter route amongst heavy traffic.

Councillor Ford, who regularly cycles to Council meetings in Inverurie added, “I know from personal experience how unpleasant and intimidating cycling on the A96 can be, and I avoid the road whenever possible. The need to cross or use the A96 must be a significant deterrent to anyone who would like to use a bike to travel between Kintore and Inverurie. I am pleased this obstacle is now to be removed, making cycling a much more attractive choice.”

Sustrans ‘Community Links Programme’ provides funding for walking and cycling infrastructure for use with everyday journeys throughout Scotland. To date £14.5millon has been awarded to 136 projects across Scotland.