AWPR’s big weekend draws to a close

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

News Release from Transport Scotland. Thousands have visited the GoNorthEast road festival this weekend, to celebrate the transformational Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project. The free weekend-long event, took place on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2018 in advance of the opening of this eagerly-awaited road project. The festival offered visitors a range of exhibitions and entertainment on a section of the new road. As well as viewing the festival attractions, people of all ages and abilities took the opportunity to cycle and walk along a picturesque …

Options unveiled for potential new transport links for the harbour extension

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

News Release from Aberdeen City Council. Plans have been unveiled for the potential transport options which could serve the new Aberdeen South Harbour development. The 11 options are being considered as part of a study to examine transport connectivity to from the site and identify appropriate transport infrastructure and connectivity improvements. The focus of the study is on the additional transport infrastructure required to improve connectivity to the site beyond the initial operation of the harbour in the first few years. The proposals, which are cover options for roads north of the …

Road safety group urges road users to think about motorcyclists for “Safer September”

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

With autumn now here, Road Safety North East Scotland (RSNES) is urging all road users to think about motorcycle road safety, as the traditional riding season draws to a close. For many motorcyclists September is one of the final months when their machines will see regular use on the road – poorer weather and reduced daylight hours towards the end of the year means many motorcycles see limited use until spring returns. Statistics show September produced the highest monthly total of north east motorcycle casualties during the ten-year period between …

Collective Voice Sought for North-east Cycling

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

A new conference which seeks to generate a collective voice for cyclists in the North-east is set to take place next month. The inaugural event, hosted by regional transport partnership Nestrans, will discuss the development of a new group that will represent and give platform to a shared voice for cycling interests across the area. Open to cyclists and budding cyclists of all levels of confidence and experience, the event will feature several short presentations and the opportunity to address the pressing issues and aspirations for local cyclists. Nestrans Chair, …

Around the World cycling Record Breaker Mark Beaumont backs AWPR project and GoNorthEast Road Festival

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

News Release from Transport Scotland: Free weekend long festival 8-9 September gathering pace Record-breaking endurance cyclist, Mark Beaumont is urging people of all ages and abilities to experience cycling on the new AWPR at the upcoming GoNorthEast Road Festival. The Scottish cyclist, who recently smashed the 18,000 mile circumnavigation cycling World Record in 78 days and 14 hours, is in Aberdeen today (Wednesday, August 29) to talk about how the new route will be of benefit to cyclists and the community festival taking place on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 …

RGU working with Nestrans to improve cycling in the North-east

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

Researchers from Robert Gordon University (RGU) are working with Nestrans, the Aberdeen City and Shire Transport Partnership, in a bid to improve the experience for cyclists in the North-east. The two organisations have created a survey which will collect the opinions, experiences and ideas of cyclists in the area which will then be compiled in a report to help shape policy and create a positive cycling culture in the City and Shire. The survey, ‘Cycling in Aberdeen’, forms part of the wider EU-funded work (Civitas PORTIS), which is being led …

Progress on ‘Access for All’ at Insch Station

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

Work to outline options for improving access to Insch railway station for people with mobility issues will get underway as funding for the project is secured by regional transport partnership Nestrans. The appraisal study, which will assess options for improving access to the south (west-bound) platform at Insch, will be commissioned later this year. A contribution of £25,000 to the cost of the detailed study was recently granted by the Scottish Government’s Local Rail Development Fund following a successful bid from Nestrans who will fund the remaining costs of the …

Old and new to sit side by side at Kintore Station

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

A historic bench that once formed part of the original Kintore railway station is to be restored to its former glory as part of the development of the forthcoming new station. The bench, which would have been used by many a passenger at the old station before its closure in 1964, was recently discovered at auction and has now been secured for the project by Aberdeenshire Council and regional transport partnership Nestrans. It is hoped that following its refurbishment the bench will form part of the new station, providing a …

A90 Laurencekirk preferred option on public display

Lucy Johnston 2018

News Release from Transport Scotland: Transport Scotland’s proposals for the planned road improvements at Laurencekirk include a new grade-separated junction to the south of the town with a bridge over the A90 and improved accessibility and safer travel for active travel users such as pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. The local community and road users will have two opportunities over the next two months – today and then 24 August 2018 – to view and comment on the preferred option that has been identified for the much-needed Laurencekirk Junction Improvement scheme. …

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 …