Upgraded pathways officially unveiled

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Walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts will now be able to commute more easily from Ellon to Dyce after extensive upgrades to existing paths.

Energetica’s newly appointed environmental planner, Matthew Watt, will today officially open the enhanced route which uses parts of the former railway line on the Buchan and Formartine Way.

Sections totalling five miles (8k) along a 13-mile (21k) stretch of the route, which runs a total of 53 miles (82k) to Peterhead, had fallen into disrepair and, as part of Energetica, were resurfaced to provide a multi-use recreation route.

Energetica, Aberdeen City and Shire’s ambitious low carbon, energy community, has been working on creating a network of pathways linking business and residential areas in the corridor to offer sustainable transport options.

Central to Aberdeen City and Shire’s aspiration to become a global energy hub, Energetica will tie together and develop distinct communities with world-class leisure and business facilities to offer a dynamic, low carbon environment capable of competing with the best in the world, attracting people and investment.

Developing a network of paths for cyclists and walkers is key to the Energetica proposition and Mr Watt has been appointed to oversee and manage the development of these.

Mr Watt said: “The energy business proposition of Energetica will be made more compelling by the unique quality of life environment that will be created.

“Opening up and giving better access to the coastal and inland scenery is a large part of showcasing the best natural and built environment anywhere in the world.”