Multi-million pound contract awarded for A96 Dualling

Lucy Johnston 2017, News

Transport Scotland today (Monday, 26 June) announced the intention to award a contract worth up to £50 million, to carry out route option assessment and detailed design work for dualling the 26-mile eastern section of the A96 between east of Huntly and Aberdeen. Subject to the mandatory standstill period, Amey Arup Joint Venture will start design work on the project next month. Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown said: “We are fully committed to dualling the A96, some 86 miles of upgraded road between Inverness and Aberdeen, …

Multi million Haudagain roundabout contract up for grabs

Nikki Laird 2017, News

A contract notice has been advertised by Transport Scotland today, calling on the construction industry to bid for the A90/A96 Haudagain Improvement Project. The project involves the construction of approximately 500m of new dual carriageway connecting the A90 North Anderson Drive and the A96 Auchmill Road. As well as reducing congestion and improving journey time reliability, this project will bring about an improvement in road safety and provide new pedestrian and cycling routes through the local area. Minister for Transport & Islands, Humza Yousaf said: “Today marks a major milestone …

Park and Ride building opens to public

Nikki Laird 2017, News

A new building with waiting room, cycle lockers, toilets and showering facilities opened to the public today (12/6/17) at the £15.2 million Park and Ride beside Craibstone roundabout. The waiting accommodation sits alongside a 1,000-space car park and link road, which were previously opened under different phases of the work, and will add to the facilities on offer to bus passengers, car-sharers, cyclists, or walkers. Buses from Stagecoach’s 37 service from Inverurie and the number 16 First Aberdeen service both already serve the facility, which has a bus turning circle …

Apply Now for Greener Travel Funding

Lucy Johnston 2017, News

The Nestrans Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme (STGS) is now open for funding applications from organisations across the north east to help support active and ‘greener’ travel initiatives. Whether for increasing travel to work by public transport, supporting cycling and walking or investigating the use of low emission vehicles, the STGS could provide a grant to assist in funding such plans. Organisations who apply, having successfully demonstrated the benefits such a scheme would have on their business, could receive a grant of between £500 and £10,000 (normally up to a maximum …

Views sought on proposed Wellington Road corridor improvements

Lucy Johnston 2017, News

The public’s views are to be sought to help define and assess transport improvement options put forward for the Wellington Road Corridor. An initial pre-appraisal study was completed by Nestrans in 2015, which focussed on the assessment of the transport-related problems on the route, and it also identified several potential ways to improve it. In considering potential options, a focus was given to interventions which could help to lock-in the benefits that will be delivered by the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR). A more detailed STAG Part 1 transport appraisal …

Four firms chosen to bid for A96 dualling contract

Lucy Johnston 2017, News

Transport Scotland today announced that four design consultancies or Joint Ventures are to be invited to bid for the contract for a 26 mile stretch of the A96 from east of Huntly to Aberdeen – the eastern section of the Scottish Government’s ambitious programme to dual the A96 from Inverness to Aberdeen by 2030. The contract, worth up to £50 million, is expected to be awarded later this year. The four consultancies or Joint Ventures invited to be invited to tender for the work are: • AECOM Limited • Amey …

North East gets new dedicated team to address rail issues

Stuart Smith 2017, News

A new rail team for the north east has  today been announced by Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands.  The Aberdeen to Central Belt Team will review options for capacity improvements between Aberdeen and Dundee, as well as options for double tracking Usan Junction and the South Esk viaduct at Montrose.  Drawing together regional and railway interests, members will include representatives from Transport Scotland, Nestrans and Tactran; as well as the ScotRail Alliance, Freight and passenger rail service operators. Mr Yousaf said: “The Scottish Government is determined to …

New Phone Number for THInC

Stuart Smith 2017, News

Do you need advice about travelling to and from your medical appointment? The telephone number for THInC, the Transport to Healthcare Information Centre is changing. You can now call 01467 536111 for provide practical transport advice if you have difficulty getting to and from medical appointments in Grampian. The service provides a dedicated telephone service offering guidance on accessing suitable transport options to get to and from appointments if you have no means of personal transport. The centre can provide details of suitable bus or train times, contact telephone numbers and …

Refuelling station launched as Aberdeen leads the way in hydrogen technology

Stuart Smith 2017, News

Aberdeen’s second hydrogen refuelling station was officially opened today [Monday, 27 February] along with the launch of a fleet of 10 hydrogen fuelled Toyota Mirai cars. Aberdeen City Council’s lead member for hydrogen, Councillor Barney Crockett was joined by Toyota GB President and Managing Director – Paul Van Der Burgh, and Hydrogenics CEO – Filip Smeets to open the Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES) facility. The £2.6million station will serve the city’s expanding fleet of cars and vans and will be fully operational mid-March. Funded by Aberdeen City Council, …

Do you use the Formartine & Buchan Way?

Stuart Smith 2017, News

Do you use the Formartine & Buchan Way for commuting or recreational purposes? Aberdeenshire Council would love to hear your feedback on the route to help identify any existing needs/issues. An online survey is available until 3 March 2017.