Bus barriers exposed in the North-east

Stuart Smith 2015, News

With two out of three commuters in the North-east using their car to get to work, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce decided to examine how more people could be encouraged to use the bus and in partnership with First Group and Nestrans has recently published research into what the barriers to bus use are, and how they can be overcome. Despite 66% using the car to get to work, over half of respondents described themselves frequent or occasional bus users.  An additional one in three (33%) said that they do …

Nestrans welcomes Airport Commission report

Stuart Smith 2015, News

North east transport partnership Nestrans has welcomed today’s Airport Commission report, which backs a third Heathrow runway and recognises the importance of ‘protecting and bolstering existing domestic services into London.’ Nestrans Chairman, Councillor Ramsay Milne said, “The ease of connectivity to the UK hub and destinations worldwide is critical for success of the north east economy. “The recommended expansion at Heathrow, along with the airport’s own commitment to establish measures to facilitate improved domestic connections, will help us to enhance vital links for Aberdeen to this major hub and its …

Have your say on future of walking and cycling in Aberdeen

Stuart Smith 2015, News

Aberdeen City Council is developing an Active Travel Action Plan to make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle in Aberdeen for more of their everyday journeys. As the first stage in the development of this plan they are seeking information from members of the public about what they would like to see from an Action Plan, such as what currently works well in Aberdeen, what some of the barriers to walking and cycling are and what routes people would like to see prioritised for improvement.  A …

Solution identified for access to Laurencekirk

Stuart Smith 2015, News

An upgrade of the A90/A937 south junction to a grade-separated junction has been identified as the preferred option for improving the A90 at Laurencekirk. The solution comes following a detailed appraisal commissioned by Nestrans which considered the key transport problems, issues, opportunities and constraints on the corridor and developed objectives to appraise alternative options. The study aimed to determine a robust solution for access between the A90 Trunk Road and Laurencekirk and north Angus areas which would meet local objectives. The preferred solution will improve capacity and reduce delay whilst …

Five Aberdeenshire towns to get sustainable transport improvements – with your input

Stuart Smith 2015, News

Five of Aberdeenshire’s key towns will benefit from funding to improve walking, cycling and access to public transport. Building on previous successful funding applications, Aberdeenshire Council has recently secured money from Sustrans and Paths for All. A major part of both successful bids was the proposed development of Integrated Travel Towns (ITTs) focussing on Fraserburgh, Portlethen, Ellon, Huntly and Inverurie. This approach follows the success of Peterhead as an award-winning Cycling Demonstration Town, which improved and promoted cycle links within the town, working with the local community to make it …

Dyce employees encouraged to take sustainable travel options to work

Stuart Smith 2015, News

Employees in Dyce are being encouraged to avoid the rush-hour commute and use public transport or considering walking or cycling options. Construction of three new business parks close to Aberdeen International Airport will see thousands of staff joining the commute to the already busy commercial area. The latest company preparing to relocate is Aker Solutions which opens a brand new 2,400 desk office facility at Aberdeen International Business Park in May. Public sector partners Nestrans, Aberdeen City Council and Energetica, supported by Aker Solutions, have joined forces to produce a …

Views sought to improve transport between Fraserburgh and Peterhead to Aberdeen

Stuart Smith 2015, News

A study considering options for improving transport connections between Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Aberdeen is seeking public input to understand the problems faced by users of the corridor. Nestrans, along with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Transport Scotland have appointed a collaboration of three companies, SIAS, Peter Brett Associates and Energised Environments, to look at all modes of transport including rail, bus, road and active travel connections. The research comes as part of a commitment from the Nestrans Regional Transport Strategy re-fresh, published in January 2014, and also includes consideration …

National Connectivity Report recommendations vital to the North-East

Stuart Smith 2015, News

The findings of the newly launched National Connectivity Task Force Report have been backed as vital to the success of the north east by Nestrans. The study, which highlights the need for making connectivity for the regions a priority, was welcomed by the board. Nestrans Director Derick Murray served as the National Connectivity Task Force Area Representative for Scotland, ensuring that the voices of Scotland and the north-east were heard as part of the study. Mr Murray said: “The ease of connectivity to UK hubs and destinations worldwide is critical …

North East Rail Passenger Increase

Stuart Smith 2015, News

Significant levels of rail growth at stations in the north east have been announced as part of statistics from the Office of the Rail Regulator for 2013/ 2014. Passenger numbers at the eight stations across Aberdeen City & Shire are up by an average of 7.83% on the previous year, seeing 5.8 million entries and exits through the stations. The local figures show how the area is set apart from the rest of Scotland, where there has been increase of just 1.10%, and where areas such as Strathclyde have seen …

Feedback invited for Access to Laurencekirk study

Stuart Smith 2015, News

Nestrans is inviting interested parties to have their say on access issues to Laurencekirk. The event is being held from 2pm to 8pm today [21 January] at the Dickson Memorial Hall, Station Road, Laurencekirk. This is the next step of a consultation process following a study commissioned in December 2013 by Nestrans in partnership with Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Tactran. The aim of the study is to develop a preferred solution for access between the A90 Trunk Road and Laurencekirk and Montrose that is cost effective, improves road safety …