Invest East Coast Rail calls on the government to invest now and future proof the East Coast Main Line

Lucy Johnston Uncategorized

Press release from Invest East Coast Rail (Consortium of East Coast Mainline Authorities (ECMA)). One third of the UK population lives within 20 minutes of an East Coast Main Line station accounting for 47% of the UK’s economic output Research shows that the line is vulnerable to disruption, costing the UK economy £46 million in 2018 Investment in the existing line could deliver over £11 billion of wider economic benefits Invest East Coast Rail is calling on the UK and Scottish governments to invest in the East Coast Main Line, …

Volunteer Drivers across Grampian recognised for their vital service

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

Transport volunteers across the North-east have been recognised for their outstanding service, commitment and contribution at the Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards. The biennial awards highlight the vital support that community transport provides. The service plays a critical role helping those who face difficulty travelling to key services. The work of those in volunteering roles has been crucial in this challenging year for communities. Today’s (Tuesday 27th October) virtual ceremony saw winners recognised for a range of work: Volunteer Driver/Escort of the Year was jointly-awarded to Norman Kinnaird of Huntly Community …

Call for Nominations for Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards 2020

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

Nominations are now open for the fourth biennial Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards, which recognise the important work of community transport volunteer drivers and escorts. The awards will highlight the vital role community transport plays in allowing people access to health and social care services in the north-east, and the amazing work in the response to Covid-19. Nominations are sought under three categories: Volunteer Driver of the Year, Volunteer Escort of the Year, and Community Contribution of the Year.  The awards are being supported by a variety of partners involved with …

Quarter-million-pound boost for improvements to Deeside Way

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

Nestrans has been successful in applying for funding which will allow substantial improvements to be made to one of the region’s favourite walking and cycling routes. £250,000 of support from Sustrans Scotland will fund work that will increase the width of the path along The Deeside Way, supporting safe physical distancing for those using the route. The shared-use path, which is part of National Cycle Network Route 195, connects several communities along its 41 mile length, and serves as a popular active travel route for locals and visitors alike. The …

Consultation opens on improving active travel and public transport between the city centre and Westhill

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

A two-week public consultation opened today (15 September) as part of a study looking at options for improving active travel and public transport connections on the A944 and A9119 between the city centre and Westhill. The long list of options focuses on pedestrians, cyclists and bus travel and they were identified following a review of problems and opportunities in the study area and initial engagement with key stakeholders earlier this year. The purpose of the study is to identify problems with the transport system and identifying options which could address …

A92/A96 Haudagain Junction Improvement – next phase to get underway

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

From Transport Scotland: Farrans Construction, the contractor for the A92/A96 Haudagain Junction Improvement for Transport Scotland will soon begin the next phase of delivery with the construction of two key junctions. These junctions will, upon project completion, connect the new link road to the existing A96 and A92, enabling road users to bypass the Haudagain Roundabout. Road users are advised that during this phase of the works there will be a number of traffic restrictions in place on the A92 and A96 in the vicinity of the Haudagain Roundabout for …

Buchan residents asked for feedback on rural transport issues.

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

Residents from the Buchan area of Aberdeenshire are being invited to share their transport experiences to help inform and shape a new rural transport pilot called BeLinkD. For those living in rural areas, a lack of adequate transport can be a significant barrier to travel and can result in restricted access to facilities and services. The BeLinkD pilot will aim to reduce financial pressures and improve the health and wellbeing of Buchan residents living in poverty. It will provide opportunities for them to access cheaper shopping and services, attend health or …


Lucy Johnston 2020, News

The Scottish Government have announced the partial lifting of some of the recent Covid-19 local restrictions which had been put in place for Aberdeen earlier this month. As part of the wider update, from Monday 24th August, there is no longer a five mile travel restriction for non-essential travel. View the full release from the Scottish Government, including details on non-travel related issues.


Lucy Johnston 2020, News

The Scottish Government have today, Wednesday 5 August, reimposed some lockdown restrictions in Aberdeen after a recent outbreak. To limit the outbreak, the Scottish government, in line with the local health team and Aberdeen City Council, has agreed the following new advice: People should not travel more than five miles for leisure purposes Travelling for work or education is permitted, but other travel is not advised Do not travel to Aberdeen Do not go into each others’ houses (with the exception of extended household groups) All indoor and outdoor hospitality …

What will travel look like in the future?

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

Views sought on Regional Transport Strategy Cast your mind back to the year 2000 – can you remember how you travelled to, from or within the North East? Travel in our region has transformed in the last 20 years. Back then we had not long said farewell to the green and yellow buses of Grampian Regional Transport. We were eight years away from having the new bus station at Union Square. There was no railway station at Laurencekirk, no terminal extension at the airport, no Diamond Bridge. Work on the …