A damaged set of stairs in Aberdeen city centre is set to reopen after undergoing repairs.
The steps from Back Wynd at Union Street to the Green have been closed for several months while concrete work was carried out.
Half the stairway was completely closed to pedestrians, but Aberdeen City Council is saying it could be fully open within a few weeks.
A 25-year-old man fell down the stairs in the early hours of June 12, resulting in him being hospitalised.
He was taken by ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to be treated for serious head injuries.
However the council has maintained that the condition of the stairs at the time did not cause the incident.
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According to the local authority, plans had been made before the incident to refurbish the steps, which has also involved improving their visibility with yellow paint.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesperson said: “Having assessed the area there is no evidence that the fall was a result of the condition of the stairs.
“The repairs to the Back Wynd steps were part of our planned maintenance schedule.
“The work involves concrete repairs to the stairs and the work should be completed in the next two to three weeks, weather permitting.”
Councillor Martin Greig said: “The steps give vital access to and from The Green so it is essential to ensure they remain accessible for as long as possible.
“The repairs are welcome because anyone using this route has a right to feel this is a safe environment.
“The work has taken a long time and hopefully this has not inconvenienced the public.”
Councillor Dell Henrickson, who represents George Street and Harbour, said: “Anything that makes them safer is good.
“They’re quite an important access point to The Green from Union Street, but they do need to be safe.
“If they’re now safe and fit for purpose then that’s a good thing.”
Councillor Ryan Houghton, who also represents the area, said: “These improvements will be welcomed by everyone.
“The last thing we want is people to have accidents, particularly at night-time, so I think that the improved visibility will lead to an improvement in safety.
“We want people to be out enjoying themselves in the city centre, but we also want to make sure they get home at the end of the night as well.”