WORK has now begun on the Angus footpath and cycleway at a cost of £229,000.
The long-awaited route stretches from Montrose to the North-water Viaduct to create an off-road path for both cyclists and pedestrians.
The path will begin in Broomfield, Montrose, and will be incorporated into land at the former airfield and land at Kinnaber before joining on to the path at the southern end of the viaduct.
From the north-end of the viaduct the cycleway will follow the public road to St Cyrus to become part of the designated Sustrans national cycle route and the North Sea Cycle Route.
Angus Council, Sustrans and the Angus Environmental Trust are paying for the path.
Montrose Councillor David May, head of Angus Council’s infrastructure service committee, said: “I am personally very enthusiastic about this project because, as a member of the community council, I have been campaigning to have it done for several years.
“The work should be completed within the next three months in time for the summer season and it will be a big advantage for cyclists not to have to go on to the road and contend with the traffic.”
The works will take 12 weeks to complete and are being carried out by contractors T & N Gilmartin.
It is estimated that the route will cost around £1,760 per year to maintain.
As part of the North Sea Cycle Route the new path will link Montrose to 6,000km of network which includes Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and England.