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 Aberdeen City boundary with the aim of providing viable, attractive and direct linkages, as an alternative to the private car. Many of the connections would be developed to provide improved accessibility to existing communities within Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

The study considers the provision of appropriate public transport and active travel (walking and cycling) connections, between planned residential areas and key employment centres, and between the different modes of sustainable transport at key interchange points. The study considers a future position, when the development sites are built out. The sites are predominantly greenfield sites which are yet to be developed or are only starting to be developed. This study is about opportunity, and the chance to mitigate against the potential transport impacts associated with the developments.

Residents’ views were sought for the initial phase of the study in November 2016, and the study has progressed further taking these views into consideration.The City Council is now seeking views on the final set of options which are in the process of being appraised in detail.

The proposals include:

Option A1 – New orbital service linking Blackdog, Dyce Rail Station, Kirkhill Industrial Estate, Craibstone Park & Ride, Kingswells Park & Ride and Westhill with new bridge over the River Don;

Option A2 – As Option A1 but without routeing via Dyce Railway Station with new bridge over the River Don;

Option B1 – As Option A1 but with direct route between Dubford and Grandhome sites with a new bridge over the River Don, a new public transport only link connecting Grandhome and Dubford;

Option B2 – As Option A2 but without routeing via Dyce Railway Station with a new bridge over the River Don, and a new public transport only link connecting Grandhome and Dubford;

Option C1 – New orbital service linking Craibstone Park & Ride, Kingswells Park & Ride and Countesswells with potential extension to Portlethen Park & Ride and Chapelton of Elsick;

Option C2 – As Option C1 but with direct route between Craibstone Park & Ride and Kingswells Park & Ride via AWPR;

Option D1 – Similar to Option A1 but utilising existing roads without any new infrastructure;

Option D2 – As Option D1 but without routeing via Dyce Railway Station;

Option E1 – New circular service (operating both clockwise and anti-clockwise) linking development sites north of the A93 with Dyce Railway Station, Craibstone Park & Ride, Kingswells Park & Ride and city centre with new infrastructure over the River Don, and new public transport only link connecting Grandhome and Dubford.

Active travel options focus on creating a network for commuting use and are primarily focused on cycling connections. Consideration was given to providing links between each pair of adjacent development sites, to the established interchange points, and to nearby key employment areas (particularly in the south of the study area). In developing the connections, consideration was given to the provision of on-road cycle routes, shared use footways/footpaths, signage, crossing facilities, lighting and surfacing, with the majority of connections made up of a combination of the above.

Aberdeen City Council transport spokesman Councillor Ross Grant said: “Officers have looked at the various options for transport connections between new areas of development on the outskirts of Aberdeen and into Aberdeenshire with the aim of providing viable direct linkages and improved accessibility as an alternative to the private car.

“The options also examine the advantages and disadvantages of each option for residents, people who work in the area and visitors, and it’s really important we get feedback from the public, as it really helps to assess the final options put forward.

“Investing in cross city connections ensures that our newly developed areas are best and most effectively connected, through improved connections, better public transport and incentives for active travel.

“I’d encourage people, and particularly those who live and work in the new areas of development on the periphery of Aberdeen, and in areas of Aberdeenshire close to Aberdeen City boundary, to go online to the council website to view the options and give their feedback.”

The options for public transport and active travel are available to view and comment with much more detailed information on the City Council website from today at:

https://consultation.aberdeencity.gov.uk/planning/aberdeen-cross-city-transport-connections

The feedback from the online consultation will be used to finalise a report for a later committee which will set out the next steps for potential Aberdeen cross-city transport connections.

The deadline for responses is Friday 30th November 2018.