Rural Moray: Latest upgrades to Speyside Way completed
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More than £343,000 of improvements to the popular Speyside Way route have just been completed.
Moray Council have resurfaced a 10km stretch of the path, replaced four timber bridges and improved drainage.
In addition new tunnel lighting and fencing have been installed, along with bike repair stations placed at strategic points along the route.
The council says the improvements have had a major effects on the numbers of cyclist and walkers using the path
In July 2019 an average of six cyclists a day used the route, leaping to 40 a day in the same month this year.
At Craigellachie's Fiddich Park the numbers of walkers jumped from 67 to 183.
Sandy Henderson, the chairman of the Speyside Area Forum, said: "It is hugely encouraging to see that the number of people accessing the Speyside Way has increased.
"We look forward to seeing further improvements being carried out next year as this will not only provide increased connectivity and access to our more rural communities within Speyside but also generate support to the local businesses along the route."
Moray Council have secured further funding of £635,000 to make additional improvements to the Speyside Way, beginning in Spring.
This next stage will include upgrading the path from Carron to Cragganmore.
In tandem with the Speyside Way improvements, Moray Carshare is launching a car and e-bike sharing service in the area.
A hybrid electric car and two electric bikes will be available for hire from near the Aberlour Visitor Centre.
Two more electric bikes will also be stationed at the Fiddich Park car park in Craigellachie.
The Speyside Low Carbon Hub project received the funding as part of the Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund, established by Transport Scotland from the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 programme.