The Board of regional transport partnership Nestrans has agreed to reallocate more than a million pounds of funds to enable much needed strategic roads maintenance to be undertaken throughout Aberdeen City and Shire as a consequence of the recent severe weather.
Proposals drawn up last month by Nestrans and Council officials were approved at this week’s Board meeting as Chairman Kevin Stewart outlines. “There is no doubt that we have experienced particular difficulties over the past few months in terms of the extreme severity of the winter weather and, as a result, we see the upkeep of the road network as a major priority at this time.
“As a consequence of prudency in the budget year just ended, £150k was saved on various projects and this will be reallocated to prioritised strategic road maintenance throughout Aberdeen City and Shire. On top of that, as part of the Nestrans Delivery Plan, a sum had been earmarked in the new budget for the establishment of the Banchory Park and Ride. However, that project is not in a position to be progressed at present and that sum plus some unallocated funds totalling £838k will also be diverted towards roads maintenance as will £200k originally allocated for the next phase of the Variable Message Signing programme. In total that is more than a million pounds which, given the exceptional circumstances, I believe is the most sensible use of resources at this particular juncture.”
The approved capital programme can be viewed here.