Public consultation and online exhibition has started into possible routes for cycle and pedestrian link in Marywell area

An online exhibition has started to find out people’s views into the possible designs for a key cycling and pedestrian link in the Marywell area near Cove.

The new route would be encouraging people to use active travel (cycling and walking) in the area and particularly linked the A956 Wellington Road Corridor, and the settlement of Marywell, near the Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire councils’ boundary.

This area has been identified as a missing link for active travel between the Cove Bay/Charleston community and would connect to another proposed cycle route which aims to link Stonehaven with the town of Marywell being put forward by Aberdeenshire Council. The wider aspiration of this route is to contribute to a wider cycle/pedestrian network which will enhance walking and cycling links between Stonehaven and Aberdeen.

There are five different potential new routes for the new link including extending the shared use path along Wellington Road (A956) from the junction with Charleston Road to link in with Old Wellington Road or Old Stonehaven Road, a shared use or fully segregated route along (Old) Wellington Road, or a shared use or fully segregated route along Old Stonehaven Road, a shared use or fully segregated route along Cove Road, or extending the shared use path and exploring segregated options along Charleston Road.

The online exhibition and survey of the proposed design are available for people to view and comment on here, and it closes on February 8.

A public consultation event is also being held in Cove Library on Monday, January 28, from 3pm and 7pm.

Aberdeen City Council transportation spokesman Councillor Ross Grant said “This is one of several cycling schemes which have been made public recently by Aberdeen City Council and I hope people who live or work in the Marywell, Cove Bay, Portlethen, Newtonhill, Muchalls, and Stonehaven areas in particular will take a short time out of their day to examine and comment on the designs.

“I’d encourage as many people as possible to look at the proposals and provide feedback on them.”

Funding was secured by Aberdeen City Council from Sustrans to develop the shared cycleway. The project is part of the city’s Active Travel Action Plan designed to improve cycling and walking facilities and routes.

The next stage of this project will be to investigate further to identify a preferred option, taking into account feedback from the consultation.

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