Project update: The start date for this project was set back a week due to COVID-19 related issues. Work has now commenced as of Monday 29 March and are projected to be complete by Friday 2 April.

Path upgrade works along a narrow stretch of the National Cycle Network route 77 (NCN 77) at Almondbank begin Monday 22 March.

Almost 200m of the active travel route parallel to Almond Grove will be widened to a 1.5m shared-use path with a sealed surface.

A diversion will be in place during the works, which should last about four weeks to the end of March/early April.

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Map of works area and diversion in place during path works

The £26,000 of works will also include new intersection markings where the link path to Almond Place meets the NCN 77; dropped kerbs on Almond Place at the other end of the link path; and chicane warning markings north of Almond Place on the NCN 77.

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:

These works were planned as part of path upgrades works further along the NCN 77 we carried out in summer 2020 but were put on hold due to residents’ concerns about the finished height of the proposed path. We have listened to these concerns, and the new design takes them into consideration.

We 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.

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.