New Bus Pass – Have you got yours?

Stuart Smith 2016, News

Over the past few weeks, new bus passes have been issued to around 40,000 people in Aberdeen. This bulk reissue is now finished and if you have not received your new bus pass, you need to contact the Accord Card Team to check if they have an up to date address for you. Whether you get your bus pass because you are aged sixty or over, or you get it because of a disability you need to get in touch now as the existing cards will not be accepted on buses …

Aberdeen Cross City Transport Connections Study – Public Consultation

Stuart Smith 2016, News

Aberdeen City Council, in partnership with NESTRANS, Aberdeenshire Council and Transport Scotland is currently undertaking an appraisal of sustainable transport connections between a number of key existing and proposed development sites in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The overall purpose of the study is to examine transport connections between new and existing areas of development on the periphery of Aberdeen, and in areas of Aberdeenshire close to Aberdeen City with the aim of providing viable, attractive and direct linkages, as an alternative to the private car. As part of this study, we would …

ECO Stars scheme launched in North East

Stuart Smith 2016, News

The ECO Stars scheme encourages and supports operators of HGVs, vans, buses and coaches to run their fleets more efficiently. ECO Stars fleet experts assess each fleet, award a star rating based on current performance and produce a ‘roadmap’ of recommendations which will help operators to reduce vehicle emissions while also reducing operating costs. Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are working with local commercial fleet operators in this new initiative to improve air quality. Membership is free to all fleet operators, irrespective of the size of their operation. The scheme …

Showing the world that Aberdeen City Region’s energy industry is leading from the front

Stuart Smith 2016, News

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils have unveiled a short film showcasing the ways in which the region’s energy industry is leading from the front, and embracing opportunities, despite recent challenges. The film, which has been produced in association with Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and supported by various industry bodies, is part of a wider programme titled ‘Journey of the Drop’, produced by ITN Productions in partnership with the World Petroleum Council (WPC). It explores the future of the oil and gas industry and examines the unique contribution it …

Further work on important transport corridor

Stuart Smith 2016, News

Further work is to take place to investigate the viability of new transport connections to the north of Aberdeen. At a meeting last week of the Nestrans board, members discussed a paper outlining initial studies into the links on the Aberdeen-Peterhead-Fraserburgh corridor. They agreed to instruct officers to carry out further work into detailed options, costings and useage studies for both rail and road packages, known as an “all-modes study”. This will include giving consideration to reinstating a rail link between Aberdeen and Ellon, extending the line to the north …

Work to commence on new multi-storey car park at Foresterhill Health Campus

Stuart Smith 2016, News

NHS Grampain has announced that work will shortly get underway on a new multi-storey car park for patients and visitors at the Foresterhill Health Campus. Funded by a generous donation from The Wood Foundation, the new facility will add around 1,000 spaces and include charging points for electronic vehicles. This will necessitate the closure of the existing visitor car park on Monday 17th October. As planned the adjacent staff tarmac car park will be given over to the construction team and a small number of visitor spaces. Visitor parking will …

Community volunteers recognised

Stuart Smith 2016, News

Winners have been chosen and prizes handed out, at the celebration of the Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards.  The awards began back in 2014 and recognise the work carried out by volunteers across the North East. Categories included Volunteer Driver, Volunteer Escort and Community Contribution of the year for an organisation. John Clegg was voted Volunteer Driver of the year. John has been volunteering with Fraserburgh Visually Impaired Support Group for over 21 years providing an essential service for local people. He was described in his nomination as “that ‘one in …

Transport successes celebrated

Stuart Smith 2016, News

Members of the Nestrans board have today been praising work done to achieve transport objectives across the North east. The board were discussing the partnership’s annual monitoring report which showed some significant steps towards changing travel habits and meeting emissions objectives, as well as expanding economic opportunities in the region. Some of the highlights are below: Rail Increased passenger numbers across all north-east stations with total numbers now exceeding 6 million annually. The highest growth has been in Portlethen where 221% more people used station in 2014/15 than did in 2010/11 and …

Nestrans welcomes EU CIVITAS grant award

Stuart Smith 2016, News

A £3.2million grant has been awarded for a north-east transport project involving a consortium of partners that is aimed at improving travel in the area. The CIVITAS PORTIS European Union grant will be used to examine transport solutions with a connection with port operations, supporting sustainable urban mobility through changes in behaviour and attitude of citizens, planners, politicians and industries. It will also help address social inclusion and provide opportunities for economic growth. Nestrans is a partner for the project, which is led by Aberdeen City Council and also includes …

Nestrans Welcomes A90 Laurencekirk Junction Announcement

Stuart Smith 2016, News

Transport Scotland has today announced the intention to award the contract for the next phases of design for the junction upgrade to Amey.  The contract award will see Amey undertake route option assessment work and develop a preferred junction option, leading to the preparation of draft road Orders. Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf said: “Earlier this year we announced £24 million for the design and construction of a new grade-separated junction at Laurencekirk as part of as part of a package of additional investment alongside the Aberdeen City Region Deal. “We …