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New path will help Deeside Way users cross busy road more safely

AWPR in Milltimber, Cyclists on the new bike path.


Pictured are Carl Gerrard, Arran Williams, Isla Gerrard, Katy Hay, Rowan and Leya Oren-Woods.
AWPR in Milltimber, Cyclists on the new bike path. Pictured are Carl Gerrard, Arran Williams, Isla Gerrard, Katy Hay, Rowan and Leya Oren-Woods.

A key path which was due to be built alongside the AWPR has finally opened, allowing pedestrians, cyclists, runners and horse riders to cross a busy road safely.

The long stretch of path, which is part of the Deeside Way, will allow travellers to cross the B979 Milltimber to Maryculter road much more quickly.

Previously, users of the route, which is also known as the Old Railway Line, were forced to travel diagonally across the road into the face of oncoming traffic, onto a new bridge which has been built across the bypass to Station Road.

The reinstatement of the path came as a result of a great deal of campaigning by Deeside Way cyclists and walkers.


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One of the organisers of the local campaign Car Gerrard said he was pleased the path is back in place.

He said: “Thanks to everyone who helped get the path replaced, hundreds of walkers and cyclists can now cross safely every day.

“The Deeside Way is one of the most well-used cycling and walking paths in the north of Scotland.”

North-East MSP Lewis Macdonald thanked the residents for their efforts to highlight the problematic crossing.

He said: “It’s great to see that the pathway has finally been reinstated.

“Credit goes to the local residents who have been campaigning to make this happen.

“Having the pathway will mean that cyclists, walkers, and horse riders who regularly use the Deeside Way will be able to cross the B979 more safely.

“I had concerns that a failure to reinstate the pathway would deter active travel, so it is positive news that it is now ready to use.”

And Aberdeen South MSP Maureen Watt also welcomed the development.

She said: “I am delighted to see that works to install the footpath have reached completion.

“This route is incredibly popular with pedestrians and cyclists alike, and this new footpath will definitely make journeys safer.”

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