Two major transport routes repaired

Left to right: Chief executive Jim Savege, co leader cllr Martin Kitts-Hayes and chair of Infrastructure Services Committee Councillor David Aitchison
Left to right: Chief executive Jim Savege, co leader cllr Martin Kitts-Hayes and chair of Infrastructure Services Committee Councillor David Aitchison

Upper Deeside has been getting back on its feet over the past week, with the council repairing two key transport links savaged by the flooding.

Provost Hamish Vernal was on hand to cut the ribbon and say a few words at the re-opening of the Invercauld Bridge on Wednesday, January 13, and then on Sunday, January 17, Aberdeenshire Council completed work to create a temporary road around the damaged section of the A93 at Micras.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, councillor David Aitchison, said: “I commend all staff who worked to protect the public as the flooding took hold and who now continue to repair roads, bridges, properties and support residents and local businesses.

“I know the communities of Ballater and Braemar will join me in thanking everyone involved in reconnecting their area with vital road link and this means that people no longer have to take the alternative route via the B976 South Deeside Road between Ballater and Crathie.”

Councillor Geva Blackett, who represents the area, said: “People in Braemar are saying that now they can get over the bridge they will be going down to Ballater to help with the clean up there and if there is anything really positive to have come out of this horrible event that wrecked so many homes and businesses in Ballater, it is the renewed strength of community, the genuine and heartfelt desire to help others.”

In the coming weeks Aberdeenshire Council will be considering options for the permanent replacement and riverbank reinstatement following discussions with the landowner.