North East gets new dedicated team to address rail issues

Stuart Smith 2017, News

A new rail team for the north east has  today been announced by Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands.  The Aberdeen to Central Belt Team will review options for capacity improvements between Aberdeen and Dundee, as well as options for double tracking Usan Junction and the South Esk viaduct at Montrose.  Drawing together regional and railway interests, members will include representatives from Transport Scotland, Nestrans and Tactran; as well as the ScotRail Alliance, Freight and passenger rail service operators. Mr Yousaf said: “The Scottish Government is determined to …

New Phone Number for THInC

Stuart Smith 2017, News

Do you need advice about travelling to and from your medical appointment? The telephone number for THInC, the Transport to Healthcare Information Centre is changing. You can now call 01467 536111 for provide practical transport advice if you have difficulty getting to and from medical appointments in Grampian. The service provides a dedicated telephone service offering guidance on accessing suitable transport options to get to and from appointments if you have no means of personal transport. The centre can provide details of suitable bus or train times, contact telephone numbers and …

Refuelling station launched as Aberdeen leads the way in hydrogen technology

Stuart Smith 2017, News

Aberdeen’s second hydrogen refuelling station was officially opened today [Monday, 27 February] along with the launch of a fleet of 10 hydrogen fuelled Toyota Mirai cars. Aberdeen City Council’s lead member for hydrogen, Councillor Barney Crockett was joined by Toyota GB President and Managing Director – Paul Van Der Burgh, and Hydrogenics CEO – Filip Smeets to open the Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES) facility. The £2.6million station will serve the city’s expanding fleet of cars and vans and will be fully operational mid-March. Funded by Aberdeen City Council, …

Do you use the Formartine & Buchan Way?

Stuart Smith 2017, News

Do you use the Formartine & Buchan Way for commuting or recreational purposes? Aberdeenshire Council would love to hear your feedback on the route to help identify any existing needs/issues. An online survey is available until 3 March 2017.

Chance to meet A90 Laurencekirk Junction Improvement Design Team

Stuart Smith 2017, News

A “Meet the team” event is being held on 17 February 2017 in Laurencekirk when representatives from Transport Scotland and their design consultant Amey will be available to answer questions on the design and assessment process for this much-needed scheme. ‪Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “Last year we announced £24 million for the design and construction of a new grade-separated junction at Laurencekirk as part of a package of additional investment alongside the Aberdeen City Region Deal. “We are committed to completing this important upgrade as soon as possible and …

Public to be asked their opinion on travelling around the city before and after the AWPR opens

Stuart Smith 2017, News

People around the north-east are being asked for their opinion on how everyone will move around the city’s roads, cycle routes and pavement networks before and after the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR/B-T) opens. The public consultation will look into how traffic and people will move around Aberdeen after the AWPR opens and how they also use the city at the moment. The AWPR will make a difference to journey times going across and around Aberdeen as vehicles will have a 70mph speed limit as compared to the 40/30/20mph limits in the …

New Bus Pass – Have you got yours?

Stuart Smith 2016, News

Over the past few weeks, new bus passes have been issued to around 40,000 people in Aberdeen. This bulk reissue is now finished and if you have not received your new bus pass, you need to contact the Accord Card Team to check if they have an up to date address for you. Whether you get your bus pass because you are aged sixty or over, or you get it because of a disability you need to get in touch now as the existing cards will not be accepted on buses …

Aberdeen Cross City Transport Connections Study – Public Consultation

Stuart Smith 2016, News

Aberdeen City Council, in partnership with NESTRANS, Aberdeenshire Council and Transport Scotland is currently undertaking an appraisal of sustainable transport connections between a number of key existing and proposed development sites in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The overall purpose 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 Aberdeen City with the aim of providing viable, attractive and direct linkages, as an alternative to the private car. As part of this study, we would …

ECO Stars scheme launched in North East

Stuart Smith 2016, News

The ECO Stars scheme encourages and supports operators of HGVs, vans, buses and coaches to run their fleets more efficiently. ECO Stars fleet experts assess each fleet, award a star rating based on current performance and produce a ‘roadmap’ of recommendations which will help operators to reduce vehicle emissions while also reducing operating costs. Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are working with local commercial fleet operators in this new initiative to improve air quality. Membership is free to all fleet operators, irrespective of the size of their operation. The scheme …

Showing the world that Aberdeen City Region’s energy industry is leading from the front

Stuart Smith 2016, News

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils have unveiled a short film showcasing the ways in which the region’s energy industry is leading from the front, and embracing opportunities, despite recent challenges. The film, which has been produced in association with Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and supported by various industry bodies, is part of a wider programme titled ‘Journey of the Drop’, produced by ITN Productions in partnership with the World Petroleum Council (WPC). It explores the future of the oil and gas industry and examines the unique contribution it …