Getting goods to market efficiently and on time is crucial to the success of businesses in the north east. Road, sea, rail and air are all important modes of freight transport, with many journeys involving a combination of two or more modes. Enabling efficient interchange is therefore an important element of the transport system.
Nestrans, in partnership with industry, is looking at ways in which the freight transport system in the north east could further develop. Working with private and public sector interests across all modes, a Freight Action Plan to take forward the proposals for freight in the RTS has been produced and identifies proposals and actions to enhance the effectiveness of freight movement. A refreshed Action Plan (FAP2) was produced and launched in June 2014.
A Freight Forum has been established to help progress the Action Plan and full information from the Forum meetings can be viewed on the Nestrans website.
A freight map for Aberdeen City showing principal freight routes, restrictions on the road network, industrial estates and lorry parking areas has been published. A freight map covering the Aberdeenshire area is also available.
Transferring freight from road to rail can help to bring about a reduction in long distance lorry miles and ease road congestion. The removal of loading gauge restrictions on the line between Elgin, Aberdeen and the Mossend terminal in Lanarkshire was completed and formally opened in November 2007.
The previous Guild Street freight yard in Aberdeen has been replaced by modern rail-to-road freight transfer facilities at Raiths Farm in Dyce and the enhancement of facilities at Craiginches and Waterloo Quay in Aberdeen.
The promotion of rail freight will be taken forward through the Freight Action Plan.