Ambitious transport project to start

Fraserburgh is one of the settlements to be targeted.
Fraserburgh is one of the settlements to be targeted.

Aberdeenshire Council is embarking on an ambitious project to improve walking, cycling and access to public transport in a number of its key settlements.

It follows success in securing funding of around £690,000 for the next two years from the sustainable transport charity SUSTRANS.

Work in Peterhead as part of the Cycle Demonstration Town (CDT) project will continue and hubs for walking, cycling and public transport will be created in Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie and Portlethen under the ‘Integrated Travel Towns’ (ITTs) banner. The project’s announcement follows on from a year of success in cycling for Aberdeenshire Council.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “This is great news for Aberdeenshire – in the last year we have gained national recognition for the Peterhead Cycle Demonstration Town project and secured a four-star rating in the Cycling Assessment of Local Authority Performance.

“With this funding from SUSTRANS and support from our regional transport partners at Nestrans, we are now able to build on this good work, applying lessons learned to other towns, helping to further establish Aberdeenshire as a healthy and sustainable place to live.”