Replacement footbridge along a scenic stretch of the River Don finished

A new footbridge which will make a scenic stretch of the River Don suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, and wheelchair users has been completed and is open to all.

The bridge in Dyce, which crosses the Farburn, completes a 4km continuous section of an all-abilities path and also links into a long-distance route into Aberdeenshire, via the old railway line route The Formartine and Buchan Way which is part of the National Cycle Network.

The project builds on other path works along the River Don corridor, which have been implemented by both the City Council and private developers to improve access for all, including the Stoneywood woodland path and the path and underpass improvements at the A947 road at Dyce.

The bridge is suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, and wheelchair users and is 14metres long to span the burn below and create a level gradient route.

The new structure will also provide health and environmental benefits by encouraging people to walk and cycle along the peaceful river setting rather than using their cars.

An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “This project will be a fantastic addition to the existing path network in Aberdeen and will provide an opportunity for people to enjoy a beautiful vantage point over River Don spotting wildlife such as kingfisher, herons, and buzzards.

“We’d urge residents to get out into their community along this beautiful stretch of the river which also connects up to other routes including The Formartine and Buchan Way.”

Work, which was carried out by CR Contracting North Ltd, started last month (September) and this time of year was chosen for the construction in order to avoid the bird nesting season. The bridge is made of attractive hardwood timber decking and rails to be in keeping with the natural surroundings, and the path adjoining the bridge has a 3m wide sealed surface.

The project is being funded by Transport Scotland though the Places for Everyone (formally Community Links) programme which is delivered by walking and cycling charity Sustrans. The programme supports projects which make towns and cities friendlier and safer places for people to walk and cycle.

Bonnie Thomson, infrastructure coordinator for Places for Everyone, said: “We’re pleased to see the completion of the new Farburn Bridge. The new bridge will make it easier for everyone to enjoy the natural environment along the Don by foot or by wheel, and improvements to the path and bridge mean they are less likely to be closed due to flooding in the future.”