North-east freight industry welcomes the refreshed Freight Action Plan

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Nestrans’ Freight Action Plan refresh (FAP2) was officially launched at the annual North East Scotland Freight Forum event this week.  The Plan sets out how Nestrans and partners can assist in the delivery of more effective and efficient freight operations, for the wider benefit of the north-east of Scotland. Nestrans Deputy Chair, Eddie Anderson who is also Chair of the Freight Forum said, “The Freight Forum is a perfect example of public and private sectors working together to ensure we get the best from the industry. Their feedback and input …

Ellon transportation projects begin

Stuart Smith 2014, News

As part of an ambitious project to improve walking, cycling and access to public transport in Aberdeenshire, work in Ellon has already started. Aberdeenshire Council successfully secured £690,000 of funding for the next two years from the sustainable transport charity SUSTRANS. Ellon will benefit from £245,000 of the funding, matched by Aberdeenshire Council and regional transport partnership NESTRANS, a total of £490,000 The first project for Ellon is a new shared-use cycle path from Ellon town centre, along the riverside towards the Meadows Sports Centre. Work has started along the …

19km of shared use cycleways for Peterhead completed

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Provost of Aberdeenshire Cllr Jill Webster was today (Fri, May 16) joined by pupils from Dales Park School, members of Jog Scotland and transport group Getabout to mark the completion of the A90 Shared Use Cycle Path around Peterhead. The completion of the 500m link completes a 19km shared use facility providing cyclists, walkers and runners with a valuable recreational facility, while connecting the north and south areas of Peterhead. Speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony, Provost Webster said: “The completion of the A90 Path is another part of the …

£2 million boost for cycling and walking projects in north-east of Scotland

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Cycling and walking projects across the north-east of Scotland will benefit from a funding boost of more than £2 million thanks to sustainable transport body Sustrans Scotland. Grant funding totalling £1.2 million has been awarded for 11 projects in Aberdeen city and shire. The money, from Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Programme, will be match-funded by north-east transport partnership Nestrans. A range of prominent active travel projects will benefit from the funding, including the Formartine & Buchan Way, the Deeside Way and Integrated Travel Town (ITT) projects across Aberdeenshire. The Community …

Information service improves transport options for north-east patients

Stuart Smith 2014, News

An innovative phone service has been helping take the hassle out of medical appointments for north-east patients by providing information on their transport options. The Transport to Healthcare Information Centre (THInC) helps inform people of the most suitable options for getting to and from their healthcare appointments. The service, a first of its kind in the UK, provides information on public service transport and is a joint initiative between Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Moray Council, NHS Grampian, The Scottish Ambulance Service, Nestrans and HiTrans and links closely with local …

Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards call for nominations

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Nominations are now open for the inaugural Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards which have been established to recognise the important work of volunteer drivers and escorts within Grampian. The awards also hope to highlight the vital role community transport plays in allowing people access to health and social care services in the north-east. The awards are being supported by a variety of partners including Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations, Community Transport Association, First Aberdeen, Moray Council, Nestrans, NHS Grampian, Stagecoach North Scotland, tsiMORAY and Voluntary Centre …

£170m to improve Aberdeen to Inverness rail

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Nestrans welcomes the announcement on rail improvements between Aberdeen and Inverness by Scottish Government on 28 March.  The press release issued states that “Rail passengers in the north and north east of Scotland will enjoy shorter, more frequent and more comfortable journeys thanks to a huge package of improvements confirmed today by First Minister Alex Salmond. The £170 million scheme of works, to be completed over the next five years, will result in: redoubling of the track between Aberdeen and Inverurie platform extensions to accommodate six-car trains at Insch and …

Nestrans’ Regional Transport Strategy shared with key partners

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Following the approval of Nestrans’ Regional Transport Strategy refresh (RTS) by Keith Brown Minister for Transport and Veterans, the final document has been published and shared with key partners in the region. Those receiving the document include MPs, MSPs, councillors, transport operators and other key stakeholders. Nestrans Chair, Councillor Peter Argyle, “To ensure the actions contained within the RTS are delivered we need to work closely with the Scottish Government, local authority partners, the private and voluntary sectors. The refresh does not change the direction of the 2008 RTS, with …

‘Access to Laurencekirk Study’ drop in session announced

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Following Nestrans appointment of CH2M HILL for the ‘Access to Laurencekirk Study’, a drop in session is taking place next week at the Masonic Hall in Laurencekirk on Tuesday 11th March from 2.30pm – 8pm.  This will give interested parties a chance to see the information gathered to date and provide their views to assist with the assessment process. Nestrans Chair Councillor Peter Argyle, “This session will allow us to share information with the public and make sure everyone’s views are captured. It will help ensure that the full extent …

Transport minister hears North-east HS2 concerns

Stuart Smith 2014, News

A delegation of North-east business leaders welcomed the positive reaction from Transport Minister Baroness Kramer in London yesterday (Monday) following a discussion on the impact of HS2 on the region. Nestrans director Derick Murray and research and policy director at Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) James Bream met with the Liberal Democrat peer to focus on transport issues in the North-east. Mr Bream said: “We outlined the different geographic and economic opportunities that the North-east has compared with the rest of the UK, to give the Baroness a …