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New bridge in Aberdeen provides vital link in Deeside Way

Bridge over road means no need to perform cyclo-cross style scramble up and down slope

A new bridge that helps complete the Deeside Way cycling and walking route in Aberdeen has been opened, improving safety for the 500 walkers and 200 cyclists who use the path each day.

Until now, users have had to go down a steep slope to cross West Cults Road then climb an incline on the other side to rejoin the path, but the new bridge, designed and built by Aberdeen City Council at a cost of £170,000, funded by regional transport body Nestrans, means they no longer have to do that.

As well as providing a commuting route in and out of the city along the River Dee, the Deeside Way is also enjoyed by visitors to the area, and the council hopes that the bridge will prompt greater numbers of cyclists and walkers to explore the route.

Councillor Kevin Stewart, chairman of Nestrans, who cut the ribbon to open the bridge, said: "We are extremely pleased that work on this new bridge has been completed on time and on budget and firmly believe the improvements will be beneficial to people of all ages and abilities.

He added: "Through the Getabout initiative, Nestrans is working hard to promote walking and cycling as attractive alternative travel options and we hope that improving the standard of the route through the provision of facilities such as the new bridge and accessibility and resurfacing work undertaken by Sustrans in recent years will encourage more people to take advantage of the walking and cycling opportunities we have here on our doorstep."

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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