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 …

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 …