Campaign for North East Rail committed to retaining cycle paths
Campaign for North East Rail (CNER) has confirmed its commitment to retaining cycle paths on the Deeside Way and Formartine and Buchan Way.
The group recently launched proposals to reconnect the north east by rail.
The proposals include the restoration of the Deeside Railway as far as Banchory, with an integrated bus link to Braemar that will meet every train, and a railway linking Fraserburgh and Peterhead with Aberdeen, branching at Ellon.
The Deeside Way follows the line of the Old Royal Deeside Railway from Aberdeen to Banchory, through woodland and farmland to Kincardine O’Neil and then rejoins the old line from Aboyne to Ballater, total distance 41 miles.
Jordan Jack, co-chair of Campaign for North East Rail, said: "After two weeks of overwhelmingly positive public and political response, CNER would like to highlight our commitment to retaining cycle paths on the Formartine and Buchan Way, and the Deeside Way.
"During the pandemic we have seen the number of people choosing active travel shoot up dramatically. We want a future for the North East where sustainable travel is easy.
"Previous studies that examined the reopening of the line as far as Ellon included providing a cycle path alongside the railway. We echo this in our proposals and would not have it any other way.
“Where we propose making use of the historical alignment, a cycle path will be provided alongside, where we use a new route, the existing cycle path will be retained.
"All five major political parties have committed to dramatically increasing funding for active and sustainable travel over the course of the next parliament.
"No matter which parties make up the next Scottish Government, it will be a parliament that will not tolerate the removal of any active travel routes.”
Jordan added: “CNER are a community group composed of folk from the North East, we know the value of these paths to our community, there is no circumstance where we will accept any plan that includes the removal of the Deeside Way or the Formartine and Buchan Way."
For more on the campaign, visit www.campaignfornortheastrail.org/proposals