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Final views sought on off road link between Aviemore and Carrbridge

By Gavin Musgrove

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Consultation will get under way later today for the final stage of an off-road link between Aviemore and Carrbridge.

The first of two public exhibitions is being held in Aviemore today to let the public comment on the preferred non-motorised user (NMU) route between the two villages.

The second event will be held in Carrbridge tomorrow.

The Transport Scotland project team and their design consultants will be available to answer any questions at both events.

In addition, for those unable to attend in person a new virtual exhibition is now live on the project website for three weeks.

Minister for Active Travel Patrick Harvie.
Minister for Active Travel Patrick Harvie.

Minister for Active Travel Patrick Harvie said: "The Scottish Government is committed to promoting active travel in Scotland and we are working with our partners in the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership and Sustrans to deliver the Aviemore to Carrbridge non-motorised user route.

“Having identified the preferred route for walking, cycling, wheeling and horse riding last year, we are now engaging with the public in advance of a planning application for the scheme, expected in the summer.

“The 10 kilometre segregated preferred route will provide a safer, more direct route between Aviemore and Carrbridge linking up with existing NMU routes in the area.

“The new route will also provide an opportunity for circular trips between Aviemore, Carrbridge and Boat of Garten by using the existing Speyside Way.

"I would urge anyone with an interest to visit one of the public exhibitions or view the virtual exhibition and give us their views on the preferred option."

Today's public exhibition at Aviemore Community Centre takes place from 3pm to 8pm and tomorrow's event at Carrbridge Village Hall is from 2pm to 6pm.

More information on the Aviemore to Carrbridge NMU route can be found on the Transport Scotland website here

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