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Aberdeenshire Council's cycle initiative in Peterhead has seen it shortlisted in the prestigious transport awards.
Aberdeenshire Council's cycle initiative in Peterhead has seen it shortlisted in the prestigious transport awards.

Alex Salmond, MSP for Aberdeenshire East and Christian Allard, MSP for North East Scotland have welcomed proposals to improve cycling infrastructure in Aberdeenshire.

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown announced on September 24 at Scotland’s first cycling summit, how an additional £20m allocated to cycling would be spent over the next two years.

The proposals by Aberdeenshire Council come after Mr Allard and Mr Salmond both wrote to the local authority to encourage them to make use of the scheme which is available to all local authorities.

The three proposals being put forward by Aberdeenshire Council are: a route adjacent to the A90 from Bridge of Muchalls to Stonehaven; a route along the A96 from Kintore to Inverurie as part of a longer term scheme to link Inverurie to Aberdeen and a third scheme to link the new Ellon Academy between the town centre and the new river crossing.

Christian Allard said:“I am delighted to welcome the proposals for improvements in cycling infrastructure Aberdeenshire Council have put forward in their response to my letter. These proposals are extremely encouraging and will see people living in Aberdeenshire benefiting from the additional funding allocated to cycling by the Scottish Government. Improvements in cycle infrastructure are a fantastic way to encourage more people to get on their bike and take up cycling.

Alex Salmond commented: “I’m glad to see that Aberdeenshire Council is taking proactive steps towards improving the network of designated cycle routes in my constituency.

“Following the announcement made last month by Transport Minister Keith Brown, I wrote to Aberdeenshire Council encouraging them to make the most of the opportunities offered by the Scottish Government’s £20 million boost for cycling infrastructure.”