Festive Newsletter 2011

Stuart Smith 2011, News

The Nestrans Chair looks back upon 2011 within the festive newsletter and identifies areas of priority for 2012.  He gives thanks to everyone who has worked with Nestrans over the past twelve months to help us realise our ambitions and looks forward to continuing those many and diverse relationships into the new year. On behalf of everyone at Nestrans, he also takes the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2012.

Regional Transport Partnerships welcome business case for HSR

Stuart Smith 2011, News

The three statutory Regional Transport Partnerships covering the northern half of mainland Scotland, Hitrans, Nestrans and Tactran, have joined together to welcome today’s announcement (Wednesday) by the Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown, confirming there is a strong Scottish business case for High Speed Rail. Ian Yuill, Chair of Nestrans commented.  “We strongly welcome the business case being put forward on behalf of Scotland, which recognises that there are differing requirements north of the Central Belt. “It is clear that the business case for a UK High Speed Rail network extending …

Airports back campaign to protect landing slots

Stuart Smith 2011, News

The campaign undertaken by Nestrans, the statutory regional transport partnership for the North-east of Scotland, to urge the European Union to exert powers to protect the current level of slots to and from Aberdeen at London’s Heathrow Terminal 5 has received the support from the airports concerned. Derek Provan, Managing Director at Aberdeen Airport, commented. “The regular connection into Heathrow is essential to the area as it gives access to one of the major international airline hubs and also a short connection into the centre of London. Scotland is geographically …

Nestrans welcomes business case for HSR

Stuart Smith 2011, News

The Chair of Nestrans, the statutory Regional Transport Partnership for the North East of Scotland, has welcomed today’s announcement (Wednesday) by the Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown, confirming the Scottish business case for high speed rail. Councillor Ian Yuill commented. “We welcome the recommendations Mr Brown has made and in particular the recognition that there are differing requirements in the North-east of the country and one size cannot fit all. “We completely agree the business case for High Speed Rail being extended to Edinburgh and Glasgow is significantly stronger than …

Woodhill House Christmas Weekends Park & Ride

Stuart Smith 2011, News

A special Park & Ride facility will operate at Aberdeenshire Council’s Woodhill House Headquarters, adjacent to Anderson Drive, for the remaining 3 weekends in the run up to Christmas. Download the leaflet for further information on the services available and the special fares in place. Free Parking is being provided with users able to benefit from frequent buses into the city centre from Westburn Road and special discounted fares. The service will be available on: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December Saturday 24th December …

Nestrans set to contribute to Rail franchise consultation

Stuart Smith 2011, News

Following a positive meeting with members of the North East Transport Consultative Forum (NETCF), as part of Transport Scotland’s ‘Rail 2014 consultation programme’, Nestrans, the statutory regional transport partnership for the North-east, will be writing to the government regarding a number of topics raised. Derick Murray, Nestrans Director, commented. “The meeting was extremely useful and covered a variety of rail related subjects, including through trains to London, commuter trains, Sunday services, overcrowding and comfort levels on the current rolling stock and once these matters have been discussed and a considered …

Nestrans states the NE aviation case to UK Government

Stuart Smith 2011, News

Nestrans, the statutory regional transport partnership for the North-east of Scotland, has written to the Department of Transport (DfT) as part of the UK Government’s aviation consultation and in response to questions posed by the DfT in its scoping document looking to develop a sustainable framework for UK aviation. Chair of Nestrans Ian Yuill believes any future air travel policy implemented by the European Union, which is currently considering changes to the landing slot rules, has the potential to make a hugely significant impact, both positive and negative. “In what …

Organisations give backing to retain London air links

Stuart Smith 2011, News

Local businesses are backing calls from Nestrans, the statutory regional transport partnerships for the North-east of Scotland, to urge the European Union to exert powers to protect the current slots enjoyed by Aberdeen at London’s Heathrow airport, particularly in light of the proposed development of High Speed Rail to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Rita Stephen, Aberdeen City & Shire Economic Future (ACSEF) development manager said: “The North-east of Scotland is a truly global economy, largely due to the oil and gas industry, which accounts for around £7.2 billion of economic output …

Campaign to protect landing slots launched

Stuart Smith 2011, News

INDIVIDUALS and organisations throughout the north of Scotland are being encouraged to get behind a campaign to ensure current connectivity to and from London and the rest of the world is maintained in future years. Nestrans and HITRANS, the statutory regional transport partnerships for the North-east and Highlands and Islands respectively, are hoping to persuade the European Union to exert powers to protect the current slots enjoyed by Aberdeen and Inverness, particularly in light of the proposed development of High Speed Rail to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Chair of Nestrans Ian …

Tourist industry backs campaign to protect landing slots

Stuart Smith 2011, News

Leading bodies in the tourism industry have backed the campaign undertaken by Nestrans, the statutory regional transport partnership for the North-east of Scotland, to urge the European Union to exert powers to protect the current level of slots to and from Aberdeen at London’s Heathrow airport. Andrew Martin, of the Scottish Centre of Tourism, is under no illusion as to the importance of the service. “For Aberdeen to remain a significant business centre, the city has to have fast and easy links to the capital. Major oil and gas companies …