Nestrans has been awarded almost £2.3 million in 2016-17 by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils to fund strategic transport improvements across the region. This is supplemented by an agreed delayed draw down in funding from 2015/16 of over £600,000. The funding is being allocated to:
Rail - £55,000
Continuation of works to prepare a Stations Fund Bid for Kintore and costs towards progression of land purchase for access road and railway station car park.
Strategic Road Capacity Improvements - £335,000
Continuation of new common database platform to interface with intelligent transport systems and installation of strategic network monitoring systems on further strategic corridors. Developing signing strategies and preliminary design of strategic signage as a result of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.
Strategic Road Safety Improvements - £288,000
Completion of installation of traffic signals at Aberdeen Crematorium and design of options assessed in 2015/16 to improve cycle and pedestrian facilities at various junctions. Development of the strategy and action plan for further A947 road safety improvements.
Strategic Road Prioritised Maintenance - £338,000
Implementation of strategic road prioritised maintenance schemes, including resurfacing of Dyce Drive, A944 Loch of Skene and A944 Craigenlow. Development of options and design of improvement to junction at beach ballroom.
Bus Improvements - £991,000
Improvements at Ellon Park & Ride. Further replacement or provision of bus timetable display cases and bus stop flags within Aberdeen City and Shire to allow for display of standardised region wide improvements to timetable information. Contribution to mini interchange hub at Crathes. Modelling of options to improve bus journey reliability on A944 west of Springfield Road. Replacement of ticketing hardware for small operators. Bus lane enforcement camera equipment. Interactive information totem and Automatic Number Plate Recognition System at A96 Park & Choose site. Design of traffic signal upgrade and paving at Dyce Avenue/Dyce Drive.
Walking and Cycling - £693,400
Funding allocated to upgrade and construct new paths between Inverurie and Kintore, beside St Machar Cathedral, to complete gaps on route along the Don from the Beach to the Formartine & Buchan Way, between the Third Don Crossing and Grandhome Pedestrian bridge, on the Parkway from Balgownie Road to connect with the Third Don Crossing facilities at Fairview Street, to create a new entrance at the eastern side of Seaton Park, on South Anderson Drive between the Deeside Way and Bridge of Dee and along Craigshaw Drive. Installation of toucan crossings at various locations and undertaking various feasibility studies and design works for future paths.
Carbon Reduction and Air Quality - £70,000
Contribution to purchase 2 hydrogen fuel cell vans and an electric van.
Various - £300,000
Continuation of Fraserburgh/Peterhead to Aberdeen Strategic Transport Study to STAG part 2 assessment and continuation of Aberdeen cross city transport connections feasibility study to investigate ways to maximise connectivity between new developments in the Aberdeen Local Development Plan.
The capital programme is managed by the Nestrans Executive team, with the projects being delivered by officers in the two councils. Progress reports are made to each Nestrans Board on the delivery of the programme and budget monitoring and should any requirements arise for amendments to the approved budgets, then they will be proposed within the budget matters report that is also prepared for consideration at each meeting. All reports to the Board can be accessed here.