Final Active Travel Action Plan approved by Nestrans Board

Stuart Smith 2014, News

The final Active Travel Action Plan was approved by the Nestrans Board at its meeting on 9th December 2014. The final action plan was developed following a 6 week consultation on a draft action plan during September and October 2014.  A total of 33 responses were received and a number of changes and updates were made to the plan as a result of this process.  This has included: Stronger reference has been made to the importance of active travel networks, in addition to the development of a strategic network.  Aberdeenshire’s Integrated Travel Towns …

Nestrans welcomes start of construction work at Inveramsay Bridge

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Nestrans welcomes the announcement from Transport Scotland that construction is starting today on the improvement on the A96 Trunk Road at Inveramsay Bridge: New Transport Minister Derek Mackay was in the north-east today to mark the start of construction work on a notorious bottleneck on the A96 at Inveramsay Bridge.  When complete the new £10 million scheme will bring significant benefits for road users, and reflects the Scottish Government’s determination to deliver a raft of transport improvements right across the north-east. Speaking from the construction site, Mr Mackay said: “The …

Access to Laurencekirk consultation event to take place in January

Stuart Smith 2014, News

North-east residents, commuters and businesses are invited to have their say on findings to date from the Access to Laurencekirk study at a consultation event in the new year. The event will be held from 2pm to 8pm on 21st January 2015 at the Dickson Memorial Hall, Station Road, Laurencekirk. This is the next step of a consultation process following a study commissioned in December 2013 by Nestrans in partnership with Transport Scotland, Tactran, Aberdeenshire and Angus Councils. The aim of the study is to develop a preferred solution for …

Companies appointed to examine transport connections from Fraserburgh and Peterhead to Aberdeen along the Energetica Corridor

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Nestrans the north-east transport partnership have appointed a collaboration of three companies, SIAS, Peter Brett Associates and Natural Capital, to undertake the Energetica corridor multi-modal study. The purpose of the study is to identify and examine the options for improving strategic transport connections between Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Aberdeen along the Energetica corridor. The study will examine all modes of transport including rail, bus, road and active travel connections. Nestrans Chair, Councillor Peter Argyle said, “The Nestrans Regional Transport Strategy Re-fresh, published in January 2014, contained a commitment to carry out an …

Partners come together to highlight public transport options to ARI

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Nestrans and NHS Grampian have come together, through Getabout, with the aim of easing congestion by creating a leaflet on the options available for travelling to Foresterhill Health Campus by bus. The hospital has ten bus routes available to take passengers directly to the campus with routes starting throughout the region from a variety of locations across Aberdeen City, Inverurie, Inverness and Elgin as well as direct services from both Kingswells and Bridge of Don Park & Ride sites. Many of the buses serving the Foresterhill site stop at the …

ARR Craib Transport Ltd sponsors takes key messages on economy and green transport on the roads

Stuart Smith 2014, News

A north east haulage firm is taking key messages about the region’s economy and sustainable transport on the road – quite literally. ARR Craib Transport Ltd has sponsored branded trailers for the Aberdeen City & Shire Economic Future and Nestrans, allowing the groups to raise their profile with local communities and road users. The curtain-siders, which carry key messages about the aims and objectives of each group, will be used by ARR Craib across all UK long-distance routes.The ACSEF trailer carries the strapline ‘Driving economic development in Aberdeen City & …

First cycling development officer appointed for north-east Scotland

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Kathryn MacKay has been appointed as the first cycling development officer for the north-east by Nestrans. The role has been created as a joint initiative between the transport partnership and sustainable transport body Sustrans Scotland. The aim of her role is to create a vision and plan to deliver a comprehensive, coherent and high quality active travel network for the north-east. Nestrans Director, Derick Murray said, “We are delighted to welcome Kathryn to the team. I am sure she will enjoy this opportunity to develop cycling initiatives across the region. …

Inaugural North East Rail Forum Meeting

Stuart Smith 2014, News

On the 2nd July 2014, the first North East Rail Forum meeting took place. Attendees included representatives Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Nestrans, First Scotrail, Network Rail, Transport Scotland and Scottish Association for Public Transport. The event covered four key areas: Setting the scene: Nestrans’ Rail Action Plan and aspirations for the north-east First ScotRail: the immediate and short term opportunities in the north-east Network Rail: Scottish Stations Fund, Aberdeen- Inverness upgrade, East Coast and other potential rail improvements in the region. A note of the meeting has been published …

Cycling development officer required to help pedal projects forward

Stuart Smith 2014, News

A new partnership initiative between the north-east transport partnership Nestrans and sustainable transport body Sustrans Scotland is to be set up through the creation of a cycling development officer for the north-east. The aim of the role is to create a vision and plan to deliver a comprehensive, coherent and high quality active travel network for the north-east. The successful candidate will develop cycling projects and work with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Council officers to prepare bids for cycle route development in the north-east and support Nestrans in delivering the …

Nestrans release positive results as part of monitoring report

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Growth in passenger numbers and improvements to transport provision across the north-east of Scotland has been highlighted in a monitoring report from Nestrans. The recently published Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) Monitoring Report shows the positive steps being made to improve transport in the north-east. The report provides information and background data to support the development of the RTS, as approved by Scottish Ministers in July 2008 and the subsequent 2013 Refresh. The monitoring report uses 42 indicators for which indicative targets have been identified for improving transport in the region. …