Changes to Public Transport Services

Nikki Laird 2020, News

Temporary changes to public transport services in the north east of Scotland are being introduced following advice from Government around social contact and non-essential travel in response to an increase in cases of the coronavirus. These measures aim to balance a reduction of both staff and customers with the need to provide services for key workers. Due to the quickly evolving nature of the situation, please be advised that all timetables may be subject to change. Please make sure to check the latest information available before travelling. Bus Travel First …

City centre businesses offered free trials of electric cargo bikes

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

Apply now at: www.nestrans.org.uk/biketrial  Businesses based in Aberdeen city centre which are looking to bolster their sustainability credentials can now apply for a free trial of an electric cargo bike. Nestrans, the North East Transport Partnership for Scotland, is making six e-cargo bikes available for a free trial of up to one year. The trials will allow organisations to test a means of transport which could not only benefit their business but would also contribute to improved air quality and reduced congestion in the city centre. Whether it’s carrying equipment, …

AWPR first anniversary

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

News release from Transport Scotland: Transport Scotland has released a data snapshot on the first anniversary of the AWPR fully opening to traffic (19 February) indicating that HGV traffic has significantly reduced on the A92 (*previously the A90) since the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project fully opened to traffic. Depending on the location, HGV traffic along the A92 corridor through Aberdeen has reduced between 49 per cent and 61 per cent when comparing January to June 2019 data with comparable 2014 data. This reduction is greater than …

Nestrans welcome National Transport Strategy (NTS2)

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

The National Transport Strategy for Scotland (NTS2) was published on 5th February 2020. Chair of Nestrans, Councillor Sandra Macdonald, welcomed it’s publication. “The National Transport Strategy provides a strong foundation for our developing Regional Transport Strategy. The priorities in the national document are consistent with our vision to develop a safer, cleaner, more inclusive and accessible transport system in the north east, which contributes to healthier, more prosperous and fairer communities. “The national strategy, combined with the extensive engagement we have already undertaken with our stakeholders, gives us a clear framework for …

Nestrans Submit ‘Case for Change’ for Accessibility at Insch

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

Nestrans, the Regional Transport Partnership for the North East of Scotland, have written to Transport Scotland for approval to undertake further work on accessibility issues at Insch Rail Station. At their Board meeting next week, Members of the partnership will hear that an ‘Initial Appraisal: Case for Change’ report has been submitted to Transport Scotland, evidencing the longstanding issues at the station. The 128-page report, prepared on behalf of Nestrans by transport consultants AECOM, follows the study undertaken last year which engaged with several stakeholders, including a public consultation event …

Grampian Cycle Partnership Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

Press Release from Grampian Cycle Partnership: Grampian Cycle Partnership (GCP) held its inaugural AGM on 27th January 2020, marking the conclusion of a successful first year.  GCP was set up to work in partnership with individuals and existing stakeholders with the objective of making the North East of Scotland a better place to live through helping make cycling safer and easier for all.  GCP believes that the successful promotion and adoption of cycling as a viable means of transportation has the potential not only to reduce the number of premature …

Public given opportunity to comment at the start of additional active travel planning for A944 corridor

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

People in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are being asked to take part in a consultation for a new active travel route including a segregated cycle path for the A944 corridor. The route would be between Kingswells in the city and Westhill in Aberdeenshire and the aim is to encourage more people to walk or cycle and reduce car journeys. The study is to provide recommendations to both Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council to inform the implementation of a continuous active travel route for walking and cycling between the two communities. …

Laurencekirk junction improvement plans

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

Following the publication of draft orders for the A90/A937 Laurencekirk Junction Improvement scheme last month,  plans went on display at a public exhibition in Laurencekirk on Friday, 10 January 2020, for local communities and road users to view, and can now be viewed online. The plans include a new “full diamond” grade-separated junction layout which carries the realigned A937 over the A90 at the south junction and provides slip roads to and from the A90 dual carriageway for both northbound and southbound traffic. The scheme also includes shared routes suitable …

Business Breakfast – Dyce Travel Plan

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

The Dyce Travel Plan looks at ways to promote sustainable forms of transport to and from the Dyce area. Join us for our free Business Breakfast event on Thursday 16th January, 7-9am, at The Marriott Hotel to learn more about the Travel Plan, the future of transport in and around Dyce and what options and support are available to you should you wish to change your travel behaviour. Aberdeen City Council wants to better understand commuting movements of those working in the Dyce area and encourage businesses to collaborate and encourage sustainable …

A little extra help from A to B

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

News release from Transport Scotland Calling all travellers! Thistle Assistance has officially launched its brand-new look with a newly- designed Thistle Assistance card, app and website to help make travelling by public transport in Scotland more comfortable and accessible for everyone. Thistle Assistance is all about helping to relieve travel anxiety and encouraging people to feel confident when using different forms of public transport across Scotland. Anxiety UK found that ‘the main causes reported of anxiety whilst travelling were the behaviour and attitudes of other people, and difficulties finding the …