Nestrans has been awarded almost £2.3 million in 2017-18 by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils to fund strategic transport improvements across the region. This is supplemented by an agreed delayed draw down in funding from 2016/17 of £1.4 million.
The funding is being allocated to:
Rail – £1,015,000
Further works associated with the development and delivery of a railway station at Kintore including the legal costs associated with the Compulsory Purchase Order for land for the access road and railway station car park and progression of their detailed design.
Strategic Road Capacity Improvements -£180,000
Continuation of installation of strategic network monitoring systems on further strategic corridors and developing signing strategies and preliminary design of strategic signage in Aberdeenshire as a result of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.
Strategic Road Safety Improvements – £304,848
Delivery of the action plan and development of business cases for individual schemes along the A947 corridor and provision of road studs on various routes within Aberdeenshire. Pedestrian crossing upgrades at Queens Cross roundabout and embankment reconstruction at A93 Nether Knox.
Strategic Road Prioritised Maintenance – £298,928
Implementation of strategic road prioritised maintenance schemes, comprising of resurfacing at A947 Mill of Kingoodie Bends phase 2, A947 Lower Woodton to Birkenhills and surface dressing at A93 Bridge of Canny to Sluie.
Bus Improvements – £810,000
Improvements at Ellon Park & Ride. Further replacement or provision of bus timetable display cases and bus stop flags within Aberdeen City and Shire to allow for display of standardised region wide improvements to timetable information. Contributions to mini interchange hubs at Crathes and Oldmeldrum.
Walking and Cycling – £613,750
Further contribution towards constructing a shared use path between Kintore railway station and Thainstone Business Centre and formalising and widening sections of the River Don path, including replacement of existing bridge across the Farburn and link to the NCN1 at Mugiemoss Road in Dyce. Creation of new pedestrian/cycle links between Seaton Park to the Beach Esplanade and construction of a path through the Arjo Wiggins Site to link Stoneywood and the River Don path. Further feasibility and design development of long distance paths and schemes associated with 5 Integrated Travel Towns of Peterhead, Ellon, Huntly, Inverurie and Portlethen. Extension of facilities on the Parkway from Balgownie Road to connect with the Third Don Crossing facilities at Gordons Brae. Further design and development on South Anderson Drive between the Deeside Way and Bridge of Dee, from the RGU campus to Bridge of Dee, at Wellheads Drive and along Craigshaw Drive.
Investigation and development of options to improve active travel at junctions on the A90 Anderson Drive corridor and a contribution to active travel improvements in Middlefield and Northfield.
Carbon Reduction and Air Quality – £239,474
Contribution to purchase 2 hydrogen fuel cell vans and towards the construction of the Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES) facility in Cove.
Various – £215,000
Continuation of Fraserburgh/Peterhead to Aberdeen Strategic Transport Study to STAG part 2 assessment and installation of three variable message signs at routing points to the AWPR.
The capital programme is managed by the Nestrans Executive team, with the projects being delivered by officers in the two councils. Progress reports are made to each Nestrans Board on the delivery of the programme and budget monitoring and should any requirements arise for amendments to the approved budgets, then they will be proposed within the budget matters report that is also prepared for consideration at each meeting.
All reports to the Board can be accessed here.