Travel links to be improved as nearly £400,000 given to north-east councils

Local authorities will get more cash for various travel
Local authorities will get more cash for various travel projects

North-east local authorities have been awarded more than £390,000 in funding to improve travel links.

The money, which has been awarded to develop designs, has been given by national charity for walking and cycling Sustrans.

In Aberdeen, £183,455 was funded by the charity for the design of 10 different projects.

These include cycle lanes on Craigshaw Drive, a cycle path from the Bridge of Dee to Robert Gordon University (RGU), Maidencraig active travel links, the Don Street entrance to Seaton Park and phase two of the Middlefield and Northfield place making project.

It will also be used towards junction improvements on Anderson Drive, Lang Stracht and Westburn Road, and pedestrian and cycle improvements on the Parkway in Bridge of Don, between Balgownie Road and Gordon Brae.

In Aberdeenshire, £210,000 was given by Sustrans for the funding of seven different projects.

These include a shared use path from Portlethen to Badentoy and strategic routes from Kintore to Blackburn, phase one of Ellon to Balmedie, which will involve Ellon to Newburgh, and Portlethen to Wellington Road.

It is expected that the local authorities will agree designs with Sustrans and Nestrans going forward, with greater amounts of funding for construction to be given later in the year, and in future.

In total, more than £27 million was given for schemes across Scotland.

The news comes less than a month after the Scottish Government announced it would double the funding available to Sustrans, increasing what could be given to local authorities.

Humza Yousaf, minister for transport and the islands, said: “These latest announcements demonstrate real innovation and enthusiasm to realise our objective and put the infrastructure in place that creates environments which encourage walking and cycling in Scotland.

“I look forward to welcoming further announcements in the future as Community Links has a rolling programme of funding until early March 2019.”