Essential Road Maintenance Well Underway

Stuart Smith 2010, News

Following the harsh and prolonged winter conditions, the Nestrans Board agreed funding of over a million pounds to enable much needed strategic roads maintenance throughout Aberdeen City and Shire. In an effort to minimise disruption to the travelling public, much of the work is being carried out during the school summer holidays, when the roads are traditionally at their quietest. Works are now completed on a £290,000 scheme to reconstruct and resurface the northbound carriageway of Ellon Road between Balgownie Road and the Parkway, including the roundabout at North Donside …

National Bike Week Cleared for Take Off

Stuart Smith 2010, News

ABERDEEN Airport and GetAbout have formed a tandem partnership ahead of national bike week which kicks into gear this Saturday (June 19). The popular event is designed to promote sustainable forms of transport as part of a bigger overall push to encourage healthy living and ease congestion problems. GetAbout will also stage a special bike event at the airport on Thursday (June 24) with Nestrans Chairman and Councillor Kevin Stewart on hand to mark the official opening of a new cycle shelter at the terminal. The partners have been working …

Nestrans state the case for strong London links

Stuart Smith 2010, News

Aberdeen transport links vital to the economic prosperity of the UK economy, says Nestrans Nestrans has written to the Secretary of State for Transport highlighting the need for strong air and rail links to London and the south if the north-east is to safeguard its economic future and remain a key contributor to the wider UK economy. Chairman of the regional transport partnership Councillor Kevin Stewart is calling on the Rt. Hon. Phillip Hammond to consider the implications for Aberdeen City and Shire following the government’s commitment to halt plans …

NORTH OF SCOTLAND STATION INVESTMENT PLANS

Stuart Smith 2010, News

SCOTRAIL PRESS RELEASE ScotRail is to improve interchange facilities at Oban and Stonehaven stations this year. These new facilities complement the £1.85M of station investments made by ScotRail across Scotland during 2009/10. At Oban a clearly-marked walking route will be provided from the station to Caledonian MacBrayne’s pier. At Stonehaven a waiting shelter will be installed for customers awaiting buses and taxis. The train operator will also introduce modern Help Points at 19 stations, replacing BT phones with a **1 facility. This will allow customers to request information and assistance …

Inverurie Station Numbers Booming

Stuart Smith 2010, News

The number of people using Inverurie Station has soared by 42%, according to latest figures released by Nestrans, the Regional Transport Partnership body. The rise follows ScotRail introducing an enhanced timetable in December, 2008. Before then, an average of 15,569 passengers used the station every four-week period between April 2007 and December 2008. The numbers now stand at an average 22,000 per four-week period – and the growth continues. Inverurie is now served by 22 trains per day Monday through Saturday in each direction, providing an excellent range of opportunities …

Nestrans Board agrees Road Maintenance is a Priority

Stuart Smith 2010, News

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 …

Bus Punctuality Partnership aimed at improving services

Stuart Smith 2010, News

Two agreements aimed at making improvements to bus services in the North-east will be signed today [Thursday 15 March]. The members of the existing Quality Partnership Agreement, which includes Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Nestrans, Stagecoach Bluebird and First Aberdeen, have agreed to update the Quality Partnership Agreement which was last signed in 2005. This refreshed agreement reinforces the commitment of all five partners to working together to achieve improvements for bus passengers in the North East. A key element of the agreement is an updated set of standards and …

Nestrans to continue looking at long term Dee options

Stuart Smith 2010, News

Nestrans will continue to investigate the potential long term options that could be introduced in terms of creating additional vehicular capacity over the River Dee, as Director Derick Murray explains. “While access to Aberdeen from the south will ease when the AWPR is completed and be helped in the short term by measures including improvements to the King George VI Bridge and on Wellington Road, looking to the longer term, we will have to look at what may be required. This was one of the findings from the Aberdeen Access …

Get Cycling Roadshow back in Aberdeen!

Stuart Smith 2010, News

The exciting and fun get cycling roadshow returns to Aberdeen City and Shire, the dates are:- Sunday 21st – Duthie Park beside Riverside Drive car park, 1000-1600 – all welcome. Monday 22nd – St Machar Academy, 1000-1600 (pupils only). Tuesday 23rd – Portlethen Academy, 1000-1600 (pupils only). Wednesday 24th – Aberdeen University, 1000-1500- all welcome. Thursday 25th – Aberdeen University, 1000-1500 – all welcome. Get Cycling road show includes all kinds of strange and fun bikes for you to try and its FREE.

Police officers get on their bikes to tackle community crime

Stuart Smith 2010, News

Transport Minister visits Grampian Police as officers take to the streets. GRAMPIAN Police is increasing the number of officers on bicycle patrol in communities across Aberdeenshire after a funding boost helped secure new specialist bikes and support equipment. Transport and Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson will be at Grampian Police’s Aberdeenshire Division headquarters in Inverurie this afternoon as officers take to the streets on seven new purpose-built Smith & Wesson police mountain bikes which are a robust yet lightweight design capable of withstanding tough conditions and meeting tactical-policing needs in …