News News £250,000 upgrade works on NCN 77 at Almondbank begin Please note: the diversions for Almondbank and the North Inch for cyclists have been updated as of 1 July. Over £250,000 of path upgrade works have begun on part of the NCN 77 cycle / foot path (core path METH/2) at Almondbank, north of Perth’s city centre. Almondbank NCN 77 path to be upgraded 1.3 km of path from Lows Work Cottages to beyond the Waterside will be upgraded to improve accessibility and create a modern, multi-user path suitable for cyclists, walkers, wheelchair users and others. Works started on 29 June and will last for at least 10 weeks. The path will be closed throughout the work and a diversion will be in place for cyclists. As part of the project, over 265 m of the NCN 77 at the North Inch will also be repaired and levelled out to make the user experience more enjoyable and safer. These works will begin 6 July. A diversion will also be in place during these works. These NCN 77 works are happening as part of the development of the River Tay Way – a new long-distance walking and cycling route between Perth and Kenmore following the mighty River Tay and connecting Perth, Luncarty, Stanley, Dunkeld and Birnam, Aberfeldy and Kenmore through a ‘daisy chain’ of community links to enable low-carbon, active travel and additional local economic income for the area. Andrew Barrie, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT) Strategic Routes Officer, who is managing the project, said: Improving this well-used section of the NCN 77 will give locals and visitors a good quality and safe route all the way into Perth’s city centre that can be used in all weathers and will likely lead to greater use given Bertha Park High School has opened up nearby. We would ask the public to please stay off the path while works are underway for their own safety and to prevent any delays for the contractors. We’re keen to get these upgrades done as quickly as possible so that everyone can enjoy this popular route. The work is being funded by Sustrans, who aim ensure that the people of Scotland have access to a network of safe walking and cycling routes, and is being delivered by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust.