Cycle path works set to go ahead

BUCHAN area councillors will be asked to agree to the development of a shared use footway/cycle path on the eastern side of Windmill road and Meethill Road in Peterhead, when they meet in Peterhead later today (Tuesday).

The pathwill link North Road and South Road and will cost an estimated £150,000 to create.

Councillors will also be asked to give the go-ahead to the development of a further shared footway/cycle path to complete a 500m section of path adjacent to the A90 trunk road at an estimated cost of £90,000.

Cycleworks are also set to be approved at Catto Park, phase one, and the Formartine & Buchan Way, phase two, while officers will also be asked to undertake the feasibility and design stages required to provide a shared use path adjacent to the A950 West Road, a shared path adjacent to the River Ugie to North Road and investigate options to provide cycle routes to Peterhead town centre.

In a report to go before today’s meeting, head of transportation, Ewan Wallace, tells members that the new off-road link, which extends the Formartine & buchan Way to the community centre and academy, is now completed and has received constructive feedback from members of the public, with initial monitoring indicating a seven day average of 28 cyclists per day.

Work has begun to develop a strategy to signpost key walking and cycle routes across Peterhead before March 2013.

Mr Wallace said following public consultation, there was general support for the Formartine & Buchan Way and Meethill Road proposals and the issue of the A950 and A90 missing links was raised.

“Options to provide a town centre link via York Street were not widely accepted and have not therefore been taken forward until an alternative can be sought,” he says.

“Shared use, off-road cycle paths provide a facility particularly welcomed by new or novice cyclists,” says Mr Wallace.

“The final scheme would provide a 2.4km, 3m wide shared use path that would benefit walkers, cyclists and runners and provide a convenient and safer access between the north and south of the town.

“Bisecting the largely residential, traffic calmed areas of Peterhead, the path would link communities to the Dales and Blackhouse Industrial Estates, improve access to Meethill and Clerkhill Schools and provide greater trafficfree access onto the Formartine & Buchan Way.

“The southern section of the proposed path would require the removal of traffic islands and hatched road markings on Meethill Road between Kinmundy Road and Dales Park and the provision of a new 400m section of path between Dales Park and South Road as a second phase of works.

“In addition, the traffic island on South Road would be upgraded to provide a safer crossing option onto the South Road shared use path which affords access to the town centre, Upperton Industrial Estate, Boddam and Peterhead Power Station – all large employment areas.”

Mr Wallace says subject to committee approval, works would be put to tender in September, with a contract start of October and completion by March 2013.

In relation to the ‘missing link’, Mr Menzies says a 500m section of the overall 2.5km path running along the eastern verge of the A90 has been subject to an ongoingthird party issue regarding the development of the ‘missing’ section.

“Consultation feedback confirms that there is mounting local pressure to develop this link to complete the overall route,” he says.

“Subject to committee approval, initial design work will be undertaken in 2012. The works will be put to competitive tender with construction commencing

early 2013.