Nestrans welcomes expanded North East timetable

Stuart Smith 2012, News

Nestrans welcomes ScotRail and Transport Scotland’s new national timetable,  which will boost services for North East passengers – including more calls and extra Sunday services. The new timetable – coming into force from Sunday December 9 2012 – will improve connectivity for the region’s rail passengers. Several stations between Dundee and Aberdeen will gain more frequent services – providing a more balanced spread of calls throughout the day. And on Sundays there will be two extra services from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, as well as an additional service in the other …

Investment in North-East Transport Infrastructure Outlined in New Guide for Politicians and Civic Leaders

Stuart Smith 2012, News

THE stark facts about the level of under-investment in transport infrastructure in the north-east of Scotland have been set out in a new pocket guide for the region’s political and civic ambassadors. Regional transport partnership Nestrans has produced the ‘fast facts’ guide which is being sent to hundreds of councillors, MSPs, MPs and key business leaders throughout Aberdeen City and Shire. It sets out, for the first time, how the north-east’s share of national transport expenditure stacks up compared to its rail, road and air usage. Nestrans Chair Peter Argyle …

New Nestrans Chair Appointed

Stuart Smith 2012, News

A NEW chairman has been appointed to lead regional transport partnership Nestrans. Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside councillor Peter Argyle takes on the role, replacing councillor Ian Yuill who stepped down after a year. Mr Argyle, who is also chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, has sat on the Nestrans board since 2008. He said: “I’m delighted to have been chosen as the new chairman of Nestrans. The organisation plays an important role in improving transport links across Aberdeen City and Shire and creating a modern, integrated transport infrastructure …

Phase two of hospital traffic improvements to get underway

Stuart Smith 2012, News

Work to further improve traffic flow and public transport links at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary will get underway on Wednesday, 13 June. Foresterhill Road will be closed between both junctions with the car park loop road from tomorrow until early July while the work is carried out. The restriction will not apply to emergency service vehicles, service buses, vehicles travelling to the Blood Transfusion Centre and the north and south service roads. Bus gates will be installed on the road to reduce the amount of non-hospital related traffic using it and …

Common Wheels Car Club launches in Laurencekirk

Stuart Smith 2012, News

The Aberdeen Car Club operator has branched out and now has 2 cars in the Mearns town of Laurencekirk.  A Ford Zetec and Galaxy will be based in the town allowing members to rent the cars with as little as a minute’s notice.  The project has been created by the Mearns Partnership with funding from Transport Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council.  It adds another travel option for the people of the town, who have already seen the opening of a railway station in 2009. A car club helps people without cars to …

New busport at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Stuart Smith 2012, News

An £84,000 project to transform the busport at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is nearing completion, with the turning circle due to re-open tomorrow, Thursday 10 May 2012. The bus boarding area outside the main entrance to the hospital has been redesigned to address long-standing issues of pedestrian and vehicle overcrowding. There are now separate boarding and alighting points for buses travelling in both directions and passengers can walk to or from both stops without having to cross the road. Passengers heading north of the hospital to: Mastrick, Northfield, Hillhead of Seaton, …

Nestrans welcomes Inveramsay Bridge announcement

Stuart Smith 2012, News

Nestrans welcomes Inveramsay Bridge announcement Regional transport partnership Nestrans has welcomed the announcement that a contractor has been selected to take forward ground investigation work as part of the Inveramsay Bridge improvement works. Director Derick Murray said: “This is a project which Nestrans has been keen to see progressed for some time and we warmly welcome the announcement that work will now be taken forward. “Improvements at Inveramsay Bridge will not only bring significant benefits in terms of traffic flow, it takes us one step closer to an integrated, modern …

Stagecoach expand the JET network

Stuart Smith 2012, News

Stagecoach Bluebird is to expand its popular network of JET buses to the Airport from 2nd April 2012. The bus company will take over the operation of the 80 bus route, which serves Dyce rail station and Aberdeen Airport, from next week. The route, which is funded by NESTRANS, will continue to operate to its current timetable, providing a bus link between Dyce Rail Station, Aberdeen Heliport and Aberdeen Airport, via Pitmedden and Kirkhill Industrial Estates. With 21 journeys per day Monday to Friday, the 80 route is designed to …

Nestrans welcomes Transport Ministers announcement on retention of cross-border links

Stuart Smith 2012, News

Derick Murray, director of regional transport partnership Nestrans, said: “Rail is a crucial element of the transport system in Scotland and we are pleased that the Minister has listened to the strongly expressed views of the north-east and passengers from Aberdeen and beyond will continue to have direct cross-border services to England. “The north east of Scotland is a major driver of the Scottish economy and the region’s geographical position in relation to the rest of Scotland and the UK makes transport a crucial factor in its continuing economic success. …

Work set to begin on transforming ARI busport

Stuart Smith 2012, News

A major £84,000 project to transform the busport at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) will begin today (Monday 19 March). This project, which is being part funded by Nestrans and NHS Grampian with support from Aberdeen City Council, will see the existing bus boarding area outside the main entrance to ARI substantially redesigned to address long-standing issues of overcrowding, both pedestrian and vehicle. In the redesigned site there will be separate bus boarding and alighting points for buses heading towards the City Centre or out of the City, and passengers will …