Health and Transport Action Plan Programme Co-ordinator (Fixed Term)

Stuart Smith 2013, News

Job purpose: to enable and support the delivery of the Grampian Health and Transport Action Plan [HTAP]. This two year temporary post supports and delivers the Grampian Health and Transport Action Plan (HTAP) on behalf of six partners. The duties include liaising with agencies and customers, delivery of and responding to reports, attending site meetings and contributing to Partners policies. Further details on the job specification and how to apply can be found on the Aberdeenshire Council website or using the link below. The closing date for applications is 23rd August 2013

Sunday Train Services Between Inverurie and Aberdeen To Double

Stuart Smith 2013, News

North-east rail passengers will enjoy twice the number of Sunday trains between Inverurie, Dyce and Aberdeen when ScotRail introduces its new summer timetable. Six additional return services will be introduced to the busy route on Sundays from 19 May thanks to investment by Regional Transport Partnership, Nestrans. Passenger numbers at Dyce and Inverurie have soared in recent years, increasing by 151% and 216% respectively between 2004/05 and 2011/12. Inverurie currently has 21 northbound and 22 southbound services Monday to Saturday, compared with five trains in each direction on a Sunday. …

Reminder that Consultation on Draft Regional Transport Strategy Re-fresh ends 31 May

Stuart Smith 2013, News

The Draft Re-fresh of the Nestrans Regional Transport Strategy is now available for consultation.  The development of this document has followed a review of the existing Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) which was published in 2008 and an initial consultation on the main issues back in October 2012. The purpose of this re-fresh of the 2008 RTS is not to change the direction of the strategy but to incorporate significant developments in policy and better align it with the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan.  The RTS re-fresh document that …

Greenbrae Cycle Paths officially opened

Stuart Smith 2013, News

A series of new paths aimed at improving pedestrian and cycling access in an Aberdeen suburb has been officially opened. The Greenbrae Cycle Project, which links to Greenbrae School, housing developments and the nearby industrial estate, were launched by Nestrans chair, Councillor Peter Argyle and vice-chair Councillor Ramsay Milne, assisted by pupils of Greenbrae School. Pupils and staff at Greenbrae School have been preparing for the launch by taking part in a sponsored cycle event and arranging an orienteering challenge around the new routes for parents, residents and the local …

A96 Dualling plans start to take shape

Stuart Smith 2013, News

Nestrans welcomes the news within the following press release that has just been published by Transport Scotland: Transport Minister Keith Brown today set out how the A96 dualling programme will be driven forward. The outline strategy identifies packages of design and development work to be progressed over the next few years with the objective of completing the full dualling between Inverness and Aberdeen by 2030. This includes taking forward: preliminary engineering and strategic environmental assessment work along the A96 corridor ongoing design work between Inshes and Nairn, including a Nairn …

Consultation on the Draft Regional Transport Strategy Re-fresh

Stuart Smith 2013, News

The Draft Re-fresh of the Nestrans Regional Transport Strategy is now available for consultation.  The development of this document has followed a review of the existing Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) which was published in 2008 and an initial consultation on the main issues back in October 2012. The purpose of this re-fresh of the 2008 RTS is not to change the direction of the strategy but to incorporate significant developments in policy and better align it with the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan.  The RTS re-fresh document that …

North-east Rail Passenger Growth Underlines Case for Investment

Stuart Smith 2013, News

New figures showing significant growth in train passenger numbers across the North-east of Scotland underline the need for greater investment in the region’s rail infrastructure, according to the region’s transport partnership Nestrans. Rail station use in the region has increased by 78% between 2004/05 and 2011/12 compared to a Scotland-wide increase of 51% for the same period, according to figures published by the Office of the Rail Regulator. The strongest growth has been achieved at stations north of Aberdeen with Dyce recording a 151% increase since 2004/05 and Inverurie a …

Haudagain design work due to get underway

Stuart Smith 2013, News

Nestrans welcomes Transport Scotland’s announcement today that it intends to award a £3 million design contract to Jacobs to tackle the notorious Haudagain traffic bottleneck. Subject to the mandatory standstill period, work is expected to get underway next month to confirm the preferred design and undertake the necessary surveys, checks and statutory processes.  The design work will ensure construction of this much needed scheme can begin after the AWPR / Balmedie-Tipperty project is completed in 2018. Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “For years drivers in the north east have endured tailbacks …

Public Exhibitions on A96 Inveramsay Bridge Improvements

Stuart Smith 2013, News

Transport Scotland is inviting local communities to have their say on the proposed design for the £11 million A96 Inveramsay Bridge improvements.  The invite comes as Transport Scotland publishes the draft Road Orders and Environmental Statement for this scheme to remove a notorious north east bottleneck. The designs go on display at public exhibitions in Huntly (18 April) and Inverurie (19 April), giving locals and road users a chance to comment on the proposals. Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “The Scottish Government has made clear our commitment to improve journey …

Nestrans emphasises important role of bus lanes

Stuart Smith 2013, News

Nestrans and Aberdeen City Council held a joint press briefing on Tuesday 19 March 2013 to emphasise the importance of providing and enforcing bus priorities on major corridors in and around the city.  Nestrans has funded a network of enforcement cameras which go live from Monday 25 March and will be administered by Aberdeen City Council. What are bus lanes? Bus lanes are sections of road which are specifically for the use of buses, taxis, licensed private hire cars and bicycles. They are identified by white markings on the road …