Broch to benefit from tranport funds

Fraserburgh's town centre.
Fraserburgh's town centre.

Fraserburgh is to be one of five of Aberdeenshire towns to benefit from funding to improve walking, cycling and access to public transport.

Building on previous successful funding applications, Aberdeenshire Council has recently secured money from ‘Sustrans’ and ‘Paths for All’.

A major part of both successful bids was the proposed development of Integrated Travel Towns (ITTs) focussing on Fraserburgh, Portlethen, Ellon, Huntly and Inverurie.

This approach follows the success of Peterhead as an award-winning Cycling Demonstration Town, which improved and promoted cycle links within the town, working with the local community to make it easier and safer for people to cycle.

With the new funding, Aberdeenshire Council plans to follow similar successful principles to those implemented in Peterhead in the five ITTs and surrounding areas.

The ITT project will focus on long distance routes, links within the towns, and the implementation of a marketing and promotion campaign, all developed in partnership with schools and the local community.

During May, the council’s Strategy Team will hold a series of community engagement events to gain an understanding of what sustainable transport improvements would be required for each town.

Speaking ahead of the community engagements events, Head of Transportation Ewan Wallace said: “I’m delighted that our targeted approach is being recognised by our funding partners.

“To date we have been working hard to improve access to walking and cycling facilities, developing Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure and promoting the benefits of active and sustainable travel and this new funding will help us to continue what we started.”

An engagement event will take place in Fraserburgh on Thursday, May 14 (today) from 2pm to 8pm, in Learning Rooms 1 and 2 at the Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre.

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