Nominate your local volunteer transport heroes

Lucy Johnston 2018

The third biennial Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards, which seek to recognise the important work of volunteer drivers and escorts in the Grampian area, have opened for nominations. The awards, which were first established in 2014, hope to highlight the vital role community transport plays in allowing people access to health and social care services in the north-east. Supported by a variety of Health & Transport Action Plan (HTAP) partner organisations across public, third and commercial sectors, the awards are seeking nominations under three categories: Volunteer Driver of the Year To …

A90 Laurencekirk preferred option to go on public display

Lucy Johnston 2018

News Release from Transport Scotland: The local community and road users will have two opportunities over the next two months – 20 July then 24 August 2018 – to view and comment on the preferred option that has been identified for the much-needed Laurencekirk Junction Improvement scheme. Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson said: “Having put a number of options for the planned improvements at Laurencekirk on display last year and considered the feedback following the public exhibition, we are now able to let the public see …

HTAP Annual Report 2017/18

Nikki Laird 2018

Partnership working across Grampian in the health, social care and transport sectors has continued to strengthen this past year, the new Health & Transport Action Plan (HTAP) Annual Report outlines. The Nestrans Board today (Wednesday, 20 June 2018) has approved for the report be presented to the three Community Planning Partnership Boards within Grampian. The recently published review for 2017/18 covers the collective work undertaken by partners across the region including NHS Grampian, Nestrans, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray Councils, the three Health & Social Care …

Advertisement of the Nestrans Unaudited Annual Accounts 2017/18

Jenny Anderson 2018, News

The full public advertisement of the Nestrans unaudited annual accounts for 2017/18 can be viewed here.  The Nestrans Board will consider the unaudited annual accounts for 2017/18 when they meet on 20 June (the June Board reports can be viewed here) and on their approval the unaudited annual accounts for 2017/18 will also be available to view within the documents section of the Nestrans website within the Statement of Accounts heading.

AWPR ‘GoNorthEast’ campaign launched in run-up to completion

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

Plans for how the North East will celebrate the opening of the eagerly anticipated Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project have been announced today by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown. The focal point of the campaign will be a Community Weekend of family-orientated events and activities (8th and 9th of September 2018) which is planned to take place on the new AWPR in the River Dee valley on the boundary between Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. It will be a ‘fete style’ event with …

Scheme to support older drivers launched in north east

Lucy Johnston Uncategorized

A new road safety initiative has started in north east Scotland, aimed at supporting older drivers. Older drivers (65+) have been identified as a Priority Focus Area in the Scottish Government’s national Road Safety Framework; the related outcome seeks to ‘increase awareness, knowledge and capability of older drivers, and their families, to make informed choices about safe driving.’ Data obtained recently from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency reveals there are over 75,000 people aged 65 years and over who hold a driving licence resident in north-east Scotland (Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire …

Major work to double-track railway between Aberdeen and Dyce set to begin

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

Network Rail engineers will be working around-the-clock from mid-May to deliver a multi-million-pound upgrade to the railway between Aberdeen and Dyce. From May 12 to August 20 2018, the line between Aberdeen and Dyce will be closed to allow engineers to double the track through the area and carryout bridge upgrades and signalling enhancements. During the 14-week closure, hundreds of engineers will work thousands of hours laying a total of 12 miles of rail over 20,000 sleepers and replacing or refurbishing five bridges on the line. The work is part …

Operation Close Pass launched in North East

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

An initiative to highlight the safety of cyclists has been launched in the North East. Operation Close Pass was originally introduced in Edinburgh in 2017, and sees drivers who pass an unmarked police cyclist too closely being stopped and given advice. A specially designed mat is used for this which shows how much space a pedal cyclist should be given when being overtaken by a motor vehicle. Road Policing Sergeant Peter Henderson explains: “Cyclists are considered vulnerable road users so it is important that drivers recognise the importance of giving …

Nestrans strengthen Board with new appointment

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

Nestrans, has strengthened its Board appointing a new non-Councillor Board Member following approval from Scottish Ministers. Following a recruitment period late last year, Nestrans was pleased to appoint Mr. Ian Ross to the position, a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 40 years of experience of working on a wide range of transport and related infrastructure projects in and around the North-east. Mr. Ross, who will join the board for his first meeting this Wednesday (18 April), is a consultant for Fairhurst Consulting Engineers, having worked for the company for a …

Road safety group’s provisional figures show north east road deaths at forty year low

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

The number of people fatally injured on north east roads is at its lowest level since current records began in 1974, provisional road casualty data shows. The figures have been highlighted by Road Safety North East Scotland (RSNES), a partnership of public bodies promoting safe road use locally. Provisional statistics reveal that during 2017, 14 people died as a result of their involvement in a road traffic collision in the combined local authority areas of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray. Records show the highest number of casualties was in 1976, when …