THE cost of creating a coastal path along a stretch of the A90 has more than trebled.
Aberdeenshire Council wants to create a safer route for cyclists between Muchalls and Stonehaven.
The proposals for a cycle path were relaunched last year after the original plans in 2013 failed due to a lack of funding from transport charity Sustrans.
The local authority originally estimated that the path would cost £300,000.
But after completing the feasibility and preliminary design work, the council now estimates the work to cost as much as £1 million – more than treble the original price.
The local authority will now look to Transport Scotland to help them to fund the project.
An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “The feasibility and preliminary design work has been completed and has resulted in an estimate of around £1m.
“It has therefore been decided not to submit a bid for 2015-16 Community Links funding as the costs are significantly higher than the original estimate undertaken by Jacobs for BEAR Scotland.”