Interchange between different modes of transport and improvements to the urban environment are important elements in improving the attractiveness of public transport, walking and cycling.
Nestrans supports the development of high quality transport interchanges throughout the north east, both physically by the development of accessible, secure and welcoming facilities and by ensuring the problems caused by utilising more than one means of transport are minimised.
In recent years the bus and rail interchange in Aberdeen has been improved through the development of the Union Square shopping centre, and new bus interchanges have opened in both Fraserburgh and Peterhead with funding from Nestrans and Aberdeenshire Council.
In 2012, Nestrans, in partnership with NHS Grampian and Aberdeen City Council also undertook work to improve the bus interchange at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to increase the capacity and improve the flow of buses through the site and to improve accessibility, safety and information for passengers.
Looking to the future, Aberdeenshire Council are working on plans to develop a bus and rail interchange in Inverurie interchange and on the development of mini interchange hubs along the A947 and A93 corridors which will promote interchange between local and mainline bus services and provide park and ride facilities and cycle parking as well as improved passenger information.
As well as infrastructure measures Nestrans will also work with partners to promote and support initiatives such as the Grasshopper Pass (a multi-operator bus ticket launched in 2014), to enhance transport interchange through integrated ticketing and better travel information.