Volunteer Drivers across Grampian recognised for their vital service

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

Transport volunteers across the North-east have been recognised for their outstanding service, commitment and contribution at the Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards. The awards, which were first established in 2014, highlight the vital support that community transport provides to those who are elderly, isolated or perhaps have mobility or health issues, who may otherwise face difficulty travelling to key services. The ceremony, which took place today (Friday, 9 November) at the Town House in Aberdeen, saw winners recognised under the categories ‘Volunteer Driver of the Year’, ‘Volunteer Escort of the Year’ …

Excellence award for health and social care transport information service

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

The work of a local project that supports people across the north east who are travelling to health and social care appointments has been recognised with a national award. The Transport to Healthcare Information Centre (THInC) project recently received a Bronze award at the COSLA Excellence Awards, which celebrate the best in Scottish Local Government and their quality of service to the public. The THInC project has continually sought to improve and expand since its inception over five years ago, when it launched with an innovative phone service to inform …

Options unveiled for proposals for new cross-city connections

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

News Release from Aberdeen City Council: Plans were today unveiled for the potential public transport and active travel options for Aberdeen cross-city connections. Nine public transport options, and a range of active travel connections are being considered as part of a study to examine transport connectivity to from the new development sites and identify appropriate transport infrastructure and connectivity improvements. The focus 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 the …

A96 dualling East of Huntly to Aberdeen options

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

News Release from Transport Scotland: Options that include the existing A96 Inverurie Bypass and the offline southern route between east of Huntly and Blackburn, which passes through the Bennachie Special Landscape Area, are amongst the options that have been removed following initial design and assessment work and also drawing on the feedback received to date. Starting today in Inverurie, local communities and road users will get the chance to see and comment on the options being taken forward for further design as we look to identify a preferred route option …

ScotRail reaches another milestone with timetable improvements

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

News Release from ScotRail: Timetable improvements to be introduced from December will see ScotRail reach another milestone as it builds the best railway Scotland has ever had, the operator said today. Announcing the changes to its timetable from 9 December 2018, ScotRail said it will deliver faster journeys, more seats, and more services for its customers. The introduction of high-speed trains and brand-new class 385 electric trains, as well as major infrastructure improvements like the electrification of the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa route, will enable the delivery of the enhanced timetable. Some of …

Notification of Rail Works impacting Aberdeen – Glasgow Services (14-21 Oct)

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

From ScotRail: As part of Network Rail’s electrification works, the line between Dunblane and Larbert will be closed from Sunday, 14 October until Sunday, 21 October. The line will reopen for business on the morning of Monday, 22 October. Please note that as part of this work, services between Aberdeen and Glasgow will be impacted, amongst others: From 14 October 2018 until 21 October 2018, trains operate between Perth and Aberdeen, with replacement buses running between Perth and Falkirk Grahamston. Direct buses will also operate between Glasgow and Perth, calling …

North-east cycling conference puts new partnership into gear

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

Around 150 keen and budding cyclists gathered together in Aberdeen on Wednesday (Wed, Sep 26) evening to discuss the development of a new group which will represent cycling interests across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray. Organised by Nestrans and hosted at RGU, the event, “Cycling in the North East – Moving Forward Together” brought together the area’s cycling community to give a collective voice for all cyclists. The evening featured presentations from organisations including national cycling charities Sustrans Scotland and Cycling UK; Police Scotland, and Aberdeen cycle campaigner Rachel Martin. …

Plan agreed by councils to shape future strategic development of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Jenny Anderson 2018

The content for the proposed next Strategic Development Plan (SDP), which sets out the vision for long-term planning development in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, has been agreed by both councils. A consultation on the proposed plan will soon be available for local communities and interested parties to have their say on the content too. Aberdeenshire councillors agreed to the Proposed SDP content at today’s Full Council meeting, following on from Aberdeen City Council’s agreement on September 10. Strategic development plans address important land use issues that cross local authority boundaries or …

Nestrans welcomes Network Rail improvement works

Jenny Anderson 2018

Network Rail has announced they will be undertaking signalling work on the Aberdeen to central belt line between Cove and Muchalls. These works will benefit improvements to local rail services to be introduced as part of ScotRail’s Revolution in Rail proposals and improvements to Aberdeen to central belt journeys. The works will be ongoing at Muchalls and Newtonhill between 29 September to 5 October, and then at Portlethen and Cove between 20-26 October. The works will be undertaken at night to minimise disruption to train services. The works involve removing …

Options for A96 dualling scheme to go on display

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

News Release from Transport Scotland: A series of public exhibitions are being held during the week of 8 October to let the public and road users see and comment on a number of initial options that have been developed for the 26 mile section of the A96 between East of Huntly and Aberdeen. The identification of these options follows initial design and assessment work along with consideration of feedback received to date. Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “The Scottish Government has given a clear commitment …