Preferred link between Aviemore and Carrbridge is unveiled by Transport Scotland
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The end is nearly in sight in creating a dedicated cycleway between Aviemore and Carrbridge after a bumpy journey
Transport Scotland has just published the preferred route of the segregated 10km link to be used for walking, cycling, wheeling and horse riding between the two villages.
It follows a long-running battle by community leaders to secure a safe connection for non-motorised users (NMU) between Aviemore and Carrbridge as part of the A9 dualling project.
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.
Making the announcement Minister for Transport Graeme Dey said: “Last year we shared emerging route options with local communities, cyclists, equestrians and walkers to let them have their say. Following further design work, an assessment of the route options and feedback from the virtual consultation, we have now identified a preferred route.
“This is a significant milestone for the project and we look forward to continuing our positive engagement on this project with the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Highland Council, HITRANS and Sustrans.
“The next stage of the process is to obtain planning consent and the necessary land and rights to construct the NMU route.
“We will be undertaking another public consultation event in spring 2022 in advance of submitting a planning application, and I would urge anyone with an interest in this scheme to engage with this event to provide the project team with valuable feedback and local insight.”
The new route will also provide an opportunity for circular trips between Aviemore, Carrbridge and Boat of Garten by using the existing Speyside Way.
• Full details of the proposed dedicated route can be found here