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Sustrans cash set to improve Deeside Way

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Cycling and walking projects in North-east Scotland are all set to benefit from a welcome funding boost of more than £2 million.

The cash boost has been organised by sustainable transport body Sustrans Scotland.

Grant funding, totalling £1.2 million, has been awarded for 11 projects in Aberdeen city and shire.

The money, from Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Programme, will be match-funded by North-east transport partnership, Nestrans.

A range of prominent active travel projects will benefit from the funding, including the Deeside Way, the Formartine & Buchan Way, and Integrated Travel Town (ITT) projects across Aberdeenshire.

The Community Links Programme provides funding for the creation of walking and cycling infrastructure for everyday journeys.

A total of £14.5 million has been awarded for 136 projects across Scotland for 2014/15.

Nestrans chairman, Aberdeenshire councillor Peter Argyle, said: “This funding award is great news for sustainable transport options in the north-east of Scotland.

“The funding will help with vital improvements and upgrades to some important cycle and pathways across the region.

‘‘This will help to encourage people to leave their car at home and use another active mode of travel for every day journeys.”

The funding will grant the River Dee Cycle Path £190,000 for upgrading the path from King George VI Bridge to Bridge of Dee.

The Deeside Way will also receive an additional £92,523 for upgrading a section of the cycle path on the Aberdeen city/shire boundary.

For more information on how the rest of the funding will be distributed go on the Sustrans website: www.sustrans.org.uk/scotland

 

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