New busport at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Stuart Smith 2012, News

An £84,000 project to transform the busport at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is nearing completion, with the turning circle due to re-open tomorrow, Thursday 10 May 2012.

The bus boarding area outside the main entrance to the hospital has been redesigned to address long-standing issues of pedestrian and vehicle overcrowding. There are now separate boarding and alighting points for buses travelling in both directions and passengers can walk to or from both stops without having to cross the road.

Passengers heading north of the hospital to: Mastrick, Northfield, Hillhead of Seaton, Inverurie, Huntly, Elgin or Inverness should use the bus stop to the north of the hospital entrance.

Passengers heading south of the hospital to: Cove, Balnagask, Torry, the city centre and Union Square should use the bus stop to the south of the hospital entrance.

Aberdeen City Council’s Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure director Gordon McIntosh said: “This vital piece of work is not quite finished yet, but it is coming to an end. The opening of the vastly improved busport will make a considerable difference to people using public transport to get to and from the hospital.  The added bonus is that it will significantly ease day-to-day operations and improve traffic flow on Foresterhill Road once the work is complete.”

The busport project, which has been part-funded by Nestrans and NHS Grampian, with support from Aberdeen City Council, has also involved the widening of the busport access road to allow buses to pass each other while at the stops. This will relieve the congestion which was frequently seen in the past at the busport and on Foresterhill Road.

Nestrans director Derick Murray said: “The building of this enhanced bus port comes from the increasing numbers of bus passengers using the existing facility.”

“This is good news for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, relieving congestion and reducing parking demand. It is building on the success of increasing the number of bus services to the hospital and making it easier for passengers to use public transport.”

Gary Mortimer, NHS Grampian Estates General Manager said: “The busport works at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary have gone smoothly and I am very pleased with the end result. We all worked hard to limit the disruption and I would like to thank staff, patients and visitors for their co-operation during the works. The improved busport will allow for smoother and safer bus travel to and from Foresterhill Health Campus.”