Bridge over road means no need to perform cyclo-cross style scramble up and down slope

A new bridge that helps complete the Deeside Way cycling and walking route in Aberdeen has been opened, improving safety for the 500 walkers and 200 cyclists who use the path each day.

Until now, users have had to go down a steep slope to cross West Cults Road then climb an incline on the other side to rejoin the path, but the new bridge, designed and built by Aberdeen City Council at a cost of £170,000, funded by regional transport body Nestrans, means they no longer have to do that.

As well as providing a commuting route in and out of the city along the River Dee, the Deeside Way is also enjoyed by visitors to the area, and the council hopes that the bridge will prompt greater numbers of cyclists and walkers to explore the route.

Councillor Kevin Stewart, chairman of Nestrans, who cut the ribbon to open the bridge, said: "We are extremely pleased that work on this new bridge has been completed on time and on budget and firmly believe the improvements will be beneficial to people of all ages and abilities.

He added: "Through the Getabout initiative, Nestrans is working hard to promote walking and cycling as attractive alternative travel options and we hope that improving the standard of the route through the provision of facilities such as the new bridge and accessibility and resurfacing work undertaken by Sustrans in recent years will encourage more people to take advantage of the walking and cycling opportunities we have here on our doorstep."

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.