Further work on important transport corridor

Stuart Smith 2016, News

Further work is to take place to investigate the viability of new transport connections to the north of Aberdeen.

At a meeting last week of the Nestrans board, members discussed a paper outlining initial studies into the links on the Aberdeen-Peterhead-Fraserburgh corridor. They agreed to instruct officers to carry out further work into detailed options, costings and useage studies for both rail and road packages, known as an “all-modes study”.

This will include giving consideration to reinstating a rail link between Aberdeen and Ellon, extending the line to the north of the town, connecting with a park-and-ride on the route of the old railway. Further development of road options, including potential sections where dual-carriageway could be justified and where safety measures, including possible grade-separated junction, will also be considered.

The board agreed to continue feasibility studies into all the options in the corridor, and will commission work to be carried out.

Chair of the Nestrans board Councillor Ramsay Milne said: “There is clearly an appetite amongst members to develop our transport options to the north of the city, and I am pleased that further work can take place to look in to all of the options. We spent a considerable amount of time discussing each part of the route and agreed that further work is required to better understand the direction of travel.

“I look forward to a more detailed report in future which will provide clarity on our options, but I am also happy to give this detailed discussion the backing of members.”

Full content of the report discussed can be found online here.