Formartine and Buchan Way improvements resume

Works to improve the popular Formartine and Buchan Way resumed this week.

Aberdeenshire Council anticipates that the bridge improvements at South Ugie Water near Maud will be finished in early July having been half completed prior to the Covid-19 lockdown in March.

The works are being carried out by personnel from the council’s Structures Team, with 100% of the project funding being provided through Nestrans and Aberdeenshire Council as part of the Scottish Government’s Active Travel Grant funding to Regional Transport Partnerships and local authorities.

Similar works at Chapleton, south of Ellon were completed prior to the coronavirus outbreak.

The 40-mile former rail line runs from Dyce to Fraserburgh and features a 13-mile spur from Maud to Peterhead.

A haven for walkers and cyclists, the Formartine and Buchan Way passes close to a host of popular attractions along its route including Aden Country Park, Deer Abbey, Drinnie’s Wood Observatory and several historic stone circles.

Katherine Low of the council’s Environment Team said: “The safety of the public and that of the construction team is paramount and we request that everyone observes all safety signs and avoids entering the construction site areas.

“We thank everyone for their patience and look forward to seeing people out using the line safely once more.”

Once the works are complete, you can plan a trip along the Formartine & Buchan Way, with the help of a series of route maps created by Aberdeenshire Council available here: