Work to remove cycle lanes and other social distancing measures on a major Aberdeen road has been completed more than a week ahead of schedule.
The section of Beach Esplanade, between Ellon Road and the Beach Ballroom was shut at 8am on November 23, and was expected to remain closed until 5pm on December 18.
However, the council has confirmed the Beach Esplanade is now open again to traffic.
The removal of the lanes was welcomed by Tillydrone, Seaton and Old Aberdeen councillor Alex McLellan.
He said: “It’s certainly welcome news that the Beach Esplanade is back open now.
“It will be interesting to see what plans come forward in the future as part of a wider beach masterplan moving forward.”
ROADS UPDATE The Beach Esplanade has now fully re-opened to traffic. Thank you for your patience while works were on-going.
— Aberdeen City Council (@AberdeenCC) December 10, 2020
A cycle path had been created in the summer from Ellon Road to Footdee as part of £1.7 million of social distancing measures across the city.
The installations were designed to give people more space to socially distance while out and about in Aberdeen.
However, their introduction proved controversial and were criticised by many drivers at the beach when they were first installed.
But some groups spoke of their dismay when the decision to remove the lanes was announced, with the Aberdeen Cycle Forum branding the move a “big mistake”.
Spokeswoman Rachel Martin said at the time: “This cycle lane was honestly the first time I was ever impressed by the council.
“Aside from it being temporary and ugly with the plastic bollards, it is how it should be designed with the road, parking, cycle path and then pavement.
“It’s not been done in Aberdeen before.
“I understand there were complaints but these could have been addressed, but they have taken taxpayer money to do all of this and not even given it a solid try before removing it all,” she said.
“By removing the cycling lane we are prioritising the convenience of motorists over the safety of vulnerable road users.”