New Bus Lane from Aberdeen Airport goes live

Stuart Smith 2010, News

Nestrans welcomes the newly installed bus lane on Argyll Road that will go permanently live from 0900 hours on Friday 12 November 2010.  This measure has been progressed from the findings of a study funded by Nestrans and BAA Aberdeen to identify measures to improve access and egress from the airport, particularly by sustainable modes, in the short term prior to the introduction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. The lane operates from the exit of the short stay car park to the approach to the junction of Argyll Road …

Nestrans Unhappy As Revised Scotland Rail Utilisation Strategy Announced

Stuart Smith 2010, News

The Chairman of NESTRANS, the transport partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire, has reacted with dismay to the contents of the revised Scotland Rail Utilisation Strategy (RUS), which was published today (Friday 15th). Commenting on the updated strategy, Councillor Kevin Stewart said. “While the Strategic Transport Projects Review, which was published after the original RUS, talks about a 20 minute reduction time in rail journey times to the central belt, Network Rail conclude that, even allowing for the dualling of the track just south of Montrose at Usan at a …

Nestrans short-listed for 4 Scottish Transport Awards

Stuart Smith 2010, News

Nestrans has been short-listed for four awards in this year’s Scottish Transport Awards.  The Awards, in association with Transport Times and supported by the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland will be presented on 18 November 2010 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow. The categories where Nestrans have been short-listed are:- Scottish Transport Local Authority of the Year (which RTP’s were invited to apply for) Best Transport Integration (with ACSEF, SDPA, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils for joint working to develop integrated land use and transport policies) Transport Project of the …

Hospital Direct bus offers a change in lifestyle

Stuart Smith 2010, News

Stagecoach Bluebird has unveiled the new branding of service 59, which is now known as “Hospital Direct.”  The 59-bus route, which serves Northfield and Balnagask from Aberdeen city centre up to every 10 minutes, is now more recognisable as an alternative to those driving to and from work or visiting at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary at the Foresterhill site. Stagecoach Bluebird is working alongside NHS Grampian to encourage travel by bus to the hospital to escape the daily traffic congestion and overcrowding within the hospital car parks. Stagecoach offer many money …

Launching www.realtimebus.com

Stuart Smith 2010, News

www.realtimebus.com is a major step forward in providing accurate, up to the minute bus timetable information and is brought to you in partnership, by Nestrans and First in Aberdeen. The link, www.realtimebus.com will allow people to access real time information on all First services operating in Aberdeen. This will enable passengers to check that services are running to the scheduled timetable and have not been effected by roadworks, a road traffic accident or traffic congestion. The launch of www.realtimebus.com is being supported by an official event on 16th September at …

Partnership Board Vacancy

Stuart Smith 2010, News

The North East of Scotland Transport Partnership (Nestrans) is one of seven statutory Regional Transport Partnerships, established under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 to take a strategic approach to transport planning and delivery. Working within the administrative areas of Aberdeen City and Shire, Nestrans’ regions covers around 10% of Scotland’s population. We have developed a Regional Transport Strategy to compliment the regions Economic Manifesto and Structure Plan mapping out how transport will support and deliver benefits to our economy, our communities, our environment and our quality of life over the …

Try a Bus Day, Thursday 26 August 2010

Stuart Smith 2010, News

First in Aberdeen is to launch a new Safe Journey Card – a card aimed at improving peoples’ confidence whilst travelling with First in Aberdeen. The Safe Journey card is being launched in partnership with Nestrans and NHS Grampian at the Try a Bus Day event in Aberdeen on Thursday 26th August 2010, from 10.00am until 3.00pm. First in Aberdeen will have a low floor, single deck bus positioned at Loch Street for the duration of the event. Managers will be available all day to take questions and show you …

Boost For Business & Holidaymakers As Stagecoach Launches Jet Airport Link

Stuart Smith 2010, News

~  New 7-days-a-week express bus link to Aberdeen Airport ~  Fast services every 30 minutes for most of the day ~  Only direct public transport link between airport and city centre ~  Connections with bus and rail stations at Union Square Holidaymakers and business travellers are set for a boost later this month as a new express bus link connecting Aberdeen Airport with the city centre gets set for take-off. Transport group Stagecoach is to launch the Jet branded service from Monday 16 August, providing the only direct public transport …

Getabout Go Full Steam Ahead With New Rail Guide

Stuart Smith 2010, News

A NEW guide designed to put rail services in the North-east right on track has been now officially been launched. Nestrans, the regional transport partner, and the GetAbout partnership are behind the initiative as they bid to encourage people to leave their cars behind in favour of choosing a more sustainable travel option. It focuses on Aberdeen, Dyce, Huntly, Insch, Inverurie, Laurencekirk, Portlethen and Stonehaven stations highlighting the recent improvements made to the service. The guide and timetables encourage people to see the train as a local service and not …

Nestrans seeks assurances for the north-east over national transport initiatives

Stuart Smith 2010, News

NESTRANS is continuing to put pressure on the Secretary of State for Transport following ongoing concerns over the marginalisation of Aberdeen City and Shire’s air and rail links to London and the south. Chairman of the regional transport partnership Councillor Kevin Stewart has written to the Rt. Hon. Phillip Hammond calling on the Government to consider relaxing the current planning and night-time flying restrictions at Heathrow in order to increase capacity for domestic flights and maintain vital transport links from the north. The letter comes just weeks after Nestrans first …