Plans revealed for new Aberdeen cycle paths

Designs for a proposed Craigshaw Drive cycleway are now online
Designs for a proposed Craigshaw Drive cycleway are now online

Designs have been revealed for a new cycling link in a busy industrial area.

Plans have been put forward to create a new cycleway along Craigshaw Drive between the existing “Shell Path” in Abbotswell Woodland and Wellington Road.

Council bosses have said the proposed project would fit in with the city’s aims to encourage walking and cycling or taking a bus rather than a car where possible.

It will include improvements being made to various roads and pavements in the area.

Ross Grant, Aberdeen City Council transport spokesman, said: “We have carried out cycling improvements in several parts of the city already in recent years, including in and around the Bridge of Don, and along the River Dee.

“There have been improvements to the Shell Path in Abbotswell Woodland and Wellington Road, and we have been conscious there has been a missing link connecting these two areas.

“The design which has been put forward would reduce this gap and help to encourage even more people to cycle on this well-used route.

“I’d urge people to have a look and comment on the proposed designs.”

The design proposes a footway and cycleway with kerb segregration alongside the road

Craigshaw Drive connects the A956 Wellington Road to the existing well-used Shell Path across Abbotswell Road.

The proposed cycle track design is a segregated facility with a kerb segregation between the carriageway, cycleway and footway.

The new carriageway width will be 7.3m and the proposed cycle track will be 2m wide with the adjacent footway at 1.8m wide.

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Parking and loading of vehicles will be banned along the full length of Craigshaw Drive.

At junctions, the cycleway will drop down to carriageway level, becoming a mandatory cycle lane to provide priority for cyclists at junctions with side roads.

Once beyond the junction, the cycle lane will become a segregated route again.

At accesses to businesses, the cycleway and footway will continue with the kerb dropped to allow vehicles to cross with pedestrians and cyclists having priority at these locations.

Two formal crossings would be created under the proposals – one on Craigshaw Drive and one on Abbotswell Road.

The proposed crossing type is a parallel crossing.

Councillors agreed early this year for detailed designs to be drawn up for the preferred option.

Aberdeen City Council has secured funding from Sustrans and Nestrans to develop the detailed designs.

They can be viewed and commented on at with a closing date for comments of December 9.

The next stage of the project after the consultation would be to finalise the detailed design, secure funding for implementation and start the process to promote a Traffic Regulation Order to prohibit parking and loading on Craigshaw Drive.