Formartine and Buchan Way Improvements in Ellon
Works to improve the historic Ellon Viaduct and sections of the popular Formartine and Buchan Way are scheduled to start on April 26.
A section of route within Ellon will be closed for approximately six weeks to allow construction works to take place.
The temporary closure will extend from the Esslemont (A920) access point to Ness Circle, including the viaduct itself.
An alternative crossing will be available via Meiklemill Bridge.
Funded entirely by the Scottish Government’s Regional Transport Active Travel Grant scheme, the works are being carried out by personnel from the council’s Roads Service.
Phase 1 will involve drainage repairs at the viaduct which will help protect the structure for years to come.
The surface of the bridge will then be sealed to prevent further water ingress and damage.
Subsequent phases will improve the surface of the Formartine and Buchan Way within Ellon town boundaries which will enhance accessibility for all users.
The 40-mile former rail line runs from Dyce to Fraserburgh and features a 13-mile spur from Maud to Peterhead.
The viaduct formerly carried the Dyce-Fraserburgh (Buchan) line of the former Great North of Scotland Rly over the River Ythan.
It closed to regular passenger traffic (with the Buchan line as a whole) on October 4, 1965.
A haven for walkers and cyclists, the Formartine and Buchan Way passes close to a host of popular attractions along its route including Aden Country Park, Deer Abbey, Drinnie’s Wood Observatory and several historic stone circles.
Katherine Low of the council’s Environment Team said: “The safety of the public and that of the construction team is paramount and we request that everyone observes all safety signs and avoids entering the construction site areas.”
Once the works are complete, you can plan a trip along the Formartine and Buchan Way with the help of a series of route maps that have been created by Aberdeenshire Council.
Visit www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/paths-and-outdoor-access/long-distance-routes/formartine-and-buchan-way/ for further details.