Councillor Welcomes Improvements to Formartine & Buchan Way

>> 4 December 2023

Central Buchan SNP councillor Geoff Crowson has welcomed improvements to the historic and popular Formartine and Buchan Way. The works, which form a major realignment of the existing National Cycle Network (NCN), will enable even more people to walk, wheel and cycle, along with equestrian use, from Newmachar to Auchnagatt and beyond.

The improvement works are being supported by funding from the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland’s Network Development Fund, delivered in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council.

Commenting, Cllr Geoff Crowson (SNP-Central Buchan) said:

“The Formartine and Buchan Way is extremely popular with local people and visitors alike as a safe and accessible route and is great at drawing people into the various communities along the route.

“I’m delighted the Scottish Government is providing funding to upgrade and improve the route which will include things like upgrading path surfaces in key areas so that they are suitable for all users, widening paths where possible to ensure that anyone regardless of ability can share them, and removing unnecessary barriers which prevent people using wheelchairs, mobility scooters, adapted bikes and buggies from accessing the path.”

Disruption to route users will be kept to a minimum as much as possible as the works are undertaken. It will result in the temporary closure of sections of the route at times. These will be sign posted locally along with diversions where possible, and publicised on Aberdeenshire Council’s website.

Local communities and groups are being asked to help identify additional access points or enhancements which will further widen the appeal of the route.

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