Preferred route chosen - Aviemore to Carrbridge

In recognition of the Scottish Government’s commitment to promote active travel in Scotland, Transport Scotland commissioned a route study and options appraisal into the provision of a shared use Non Motorised User (NMU) facility between Aviemore and Carrbridge. A segregated 10km route for walking, cycling, wheeling and horse riding between the communities of Aviemore and Carrbridge has been identified following further design work, assessment of the route options and public consultation.

The preferred route will provide a safer, more direct route and link with existing NMU routes in the area. The new route will also provide an opportunity for circular trips between Aviemore, Carrbridge and Boat of Garten by using the existing Speyside Way.

The following plan shows the Preferred Non-Motorised User Route between Aviemore and Carrbridge. The preferred route starts on the eastern side of the B9152 at Dalfaber Drive continuing north where the route then crosses at Granish Junction from the eastern side of the B9152 to the western side of the A95. The route continues along the western side of the A95/B9153 until Carrbridge.

Preferred Non-Motorised User Route between Aviemore and Carrbridge

Minister for Transport Graeme Dey said:

"The Scottish Government is committed to promoting active travel in Scotland and making sustainable travel choices easier for all. As part of that commitment, Transport Scotland is working with the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), The Highland Council (THC), Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS) and Sustrans to deliver the Aviemore to Carrbridge NMU route.

Last year we let local communities, cyclists, equestrians and walkers see and comment on the emerging route options. Following further design work, an assessment of the route options and feedback from the virtual consultation, we have now identified a preferred route. This is a significant milestone for the project, and we look forward to continuing our positive work on this project going forward with CNPA, THC, HITRANS and Sustrans.

The next stage of the process is to obtain planning consent and the necessary land and rights to construct the NMU route. We will be undertaking another public consultation event in Spring 2022 in advance of submitting a planning application and I would urge anyone with an interest in this scheme to engage with this event to provide the project team with valuable feedback and local insight.”


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Published date 22 Nov 2021 Projects Mode of transport