Work to begin on walk and cycle paths

There will be improvements made to the access onto and off the old rail line
There will be improvements made to the access onto and off the old rail line

Aberdeenshire Council has secured funding from the Sustrans Community Links grant to create a shared use path from the former Formartine and Buchan Way rail line to Ellon town centre.

The work will aim to improve walking and cycling in the Ellon area and will result in the completion of the riverside path network upgrade.

Phase 1 of the work is the link from the Town Centre to the Ellon Community Campus, and this contract will provide the link from the west of Ellon to the town centre.

With this link in place, residents will be able to travel across the town to access the community campus and town facilities via an off road, LED lit, shared use path.

It will also improve access to Ellon Primary, Meiklemill Primary and the Academy and aims to encourage pupils to walk and cycle to school.

There will also be some improvements to the access onto and off the old rail line at Station Road.

All other improvements will be off line within the boundaries of the existing pedestrian footpath adjacent to Gordon Park and will include some new offline links.

The work is expected to start shortly and is expected to be done by the end of March.

Ellon & District Councillor Richard Thomson said: “This project will complete the upgraded network of paths along the riverside and will help more people to get across Ellon using a well lit and high quality traffic-free route.

“Hopefully this investment will help people of all ages to choose a different way to get about the town and enjoy healthier, more active lifestyles as a result.”