Questions raised over path’s status

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A NEW combined cycle and footpath on Brechin Road is too narrow to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians safely, it has been claimed.

The path on the A935 Montrose to Brechin Road, between Sleepyhillock Cemetery and House of Dun, is soon to be completed but already concerns have been raised over possible dangers posed by traffic on the busy road.

A local cyclist, who asked not to be named, said he has used the path and has doubts it is fit for purpose.

He said: “It’s not suitable for use as a cycle and walking path. I’m not even sure of its official designation, and the council seems unwilling to tell me, but it’s still a very narrow path and I’ve also experienced difficulties walking on it while people are cycling on it.

“It’s too narrow to share. I’ve once or twice been walking there and people have come flying towards me. Am I supposed to step off the path into traffic?”

An Angus Council spokeswoman said the path will be shared between pedestrians and cyclists and, once finished, will complete a cycle route around Montrose Basin. She added that sections of the path are being widened where possible.

She added: “Due to land and boundary wall constraints, however, some sections will remain quite narrow. Pedestrian activity on the route is very low and it is considered safer for cyclists to cycle off-carriageway. The works, which will include cycleway signing, will be completed in the next couple of weeks.”