Work to improve north-east park and ride could start in summer

Gillian Owen at the site
Gillian Owen at the site

Work on the next stage of a plan to improve a north-east travel hub could start this summer.

The Ellon Park and Ride is in the middle of its second phase of development. Work had started to clear trees from the site so it could be expanded, with a bus-turning area created and additional car park spaces.

Phase one saw the addition of 40 car parking spaces and new signs at the facility.

Aberdeenshire Council has yet to reveal a completion date, with a final third phase still to take place. The local authority first lodged plans to improve the facility seven years ago – including the addition of an extra 99 parking spaces.

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Councillor Gillian Owen said: “People will have seen the land clearance works have finished. The delays were due to a water mains survey and their findings that goes across the cleared site, so, discussions continue to progress.

“We have been waiting for this for seven years and while it is accepted that issues can crop up, I think most people will agree that this project has more than its fair share. It is anticipated the scheme will now go to tender late spring/early summer, with construction commencing late summer/early autumn.”

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “We are pleased to be making good progress with the specification for the phase two works.

“However, at this stage, timelines are indicative and can’t be confirmed until the procurement process for the works is complete.”