Plans for off-road link between Aviemore and Carrbridge near completion
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The public is being asked for views on plans for the final proposed design of the off-road route between Aviemore and Carrbridge.
Exhibitions are to be held later this month to so that residents can comment on the preferred non-motorised user (NMU) route between the two villages.
It means there is finally an end in sight to the link which has hit some bumps en-route.
Community leaders had to battle for Transport Scotland to make a U-turn on the initial proposals which they deemed to be too dangerous.
The works are part of the dualling of the A9 but will be away from the arterial road.
The in-person events will be held in Aviemore on Wednesday 25 May and Carrbridge the next day, where the Transport Scotland project team and their design consultants will be available to answer any questions.
In addition, for those unable to attend in person a new virtual exhibition will go live at noon on May 25 on the project website for three weeks.
Minister for Active Travel Patrick Harvie said: "The Scottish Government is committed to promoting active travel in Scotland.
"As part of that commitment, Transport Scotland is continuing to work with the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership and Sustrans to deliver the Aviemore to Carrbridge non-motorised user (NMU) route.
“Having identified the 10 kilometre segregated 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.
“When completed, the scheme will provide a safer, more direct route between Aviemore and Carrbridge. It will also link up with existing NMU routes in the area.
"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."
The link will be be used for walking, cycling, wheeling and horse riding between the two villages.
The new preferred route starts on the eastern side of the B9152 at Dalfaber Drive in Aviemore continuing north where the route then crosses at Granish junction from the eastern side of the B9152 to the western side of the A95. It then continues along the western side of the A95/B9153 until Carrbridge.
The public exhibitions are as follows:
Aviemore Community Centre, Muirton, Aviemore May 25, 3pm to 8pm.
Carrbridge Village Hall, Main Road, Carrbridge, May 26 2pm to 6pm