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 …

Health and Transport Action Plan Annual Report

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

Partnership working in Grampian across the health, social care and transport sectors is reported in the Health & Transport Action Plan (HTAP) Annual Report 2016-2017.  The Health & Transport Acton Plan is progressed through collective action by Grampian wide partner organisations across health, social care and transport sectors and include NHS Grampian, Nestrans, Scottish Ambulance Service, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council, The Moray Council, the three Health & Social Care Partnerships and importantly the third sector.  The HTAP sets out strategic visions for partnership working with specific focus around the …

Haudagain bidders shortlist named

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

Press Release from Transport Scotland Two bidders to compete for £18 million contract Transport Scotland has announced that two bidders will be competing to deliver the A90/A96 Haudagain Improvement project in Aberdeen. The two shortlisted bidders are Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd and Farrans Construction. This next stage of procurement will see the two bidders enter into a period of competitive dialogue. The contract for delivering these key improvements is estimated to be worth £18m approximately and involves the construction of around 500m of new dual carriageway connecting the A90 North …

Plans for Kintore Station to go on display

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

Plans for infrastructure which will support the forthcoming railway station at Kintore will go on display to the public next week, ahead of the project reaching a major milestone in the coming month when a formal planning application is submitted. A pre-application exhibition will be held next Wednesday (14 March) in Kintore, giving members of the public and stakeholders the opportunity to drop-in and find out more about the project. Proposed plans for the development of the car park, access road and transport interchange will be on display with officers …

New path opened for more connectivity with Diamond Bridge

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

A new path has opened connecting an Aberdeen community to the benefits of the £22.3million Diamond Bridge after local residents requested it as an addition to the already extensive pedestrian and cycle path infrastructure created in the project. The £500,000 path connects residents in Balgownie to the new Gordon Brae and has been funded by Aberdeen City Council, Nestrans and the Scottish Government, through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme. The third Don crossing was the biggest bridge infrastructure project to be built in Aberdeen in the last 30 years, and …

Transport Minister discusses key issues for travel in the North-east with Nestrans Board

Lucy Johnston 2018

A range of transport initiatives took a step forward today (Wednesday, 14 February) following the meeting of the Nestrans Board. The Regional Transport Partnership discussed key issues for transport in and around the North-east as they were joined at their first meeting of the year by the Scottish Minister for Transport & the Islands, Mr. Humza Yousaf. Nestrans Chair, Councillor Peter Argyle and Vice Chairs Councillor Sandra Macdonald and Dr. Margaret Bochel led discussions for the Board with the Minister on a variety of ongoing transport matters including; the timescale …

Latest stage of Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project to take place

Lucy Johnston 2018

Press release from ScotRail Alliance The ScotRail Alliance has published details of the latest upgrade works to be carried out between Aberdeen and Inverness. As part of the multi-million-pound upgrade, a 14-week line closure between Aberdeen and Dyce will be in place from 12 May 2018 to allow major improvement works to take place. Bus replacement services will be in operation to keep customers moving between Aberdeen and Dyce during the upgrade work. Further details of the replacement bus timetable will be published closer to the time. Preparation work will …