Partners come together to highlight public transport options to ARI

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Nestrans and NHS Grampian have come together, through Getabout, with the aim of easing congestion by creating a leaflet on the options available for travelling to Foresterhill Health Campus by bus. The hospital has ten bus routes available to take passengers directly to the campus with routes starting throughout the region from a variety of locations across Aberdeen City, Inverurie, Inverness and Elgin as well as direct services from both Kingswells and Bridge of Don Park & Ride sites.

Many of the buses serving the Foresterhill site stop at the dedicated bus interchange directly outside the main entrance to the hospital providing direct access into the hospital for public transport users.  In fact 53 buses arrive at the bus interchange every hour from across the region.  NHS Grampian also runs a free shuttle bus service from the bus interchange to other locations across the campus as well as Woodend Hospital, Summerfield House, Cornhill Hospital and Frederick Street Health Village making travel to Foresterhill by public transport even easier.

For those who do not have access to a direct bus route to the hospital, the leaflet also identifies interchange locations in the city centre, linking to a much wider range of destinations.  The Grasshopper multi-operator ticket is also available for those whose journey involves more than one bus operator.

Nestrans Chair, Councillor Peter Argyle said, “The aim of this leaflet is to highlight how well the hospital is served by public transport across the region. We hope this will encourage staff, patients and visitors to think about the public transport options available to them. Getabout’s aim is to promote healthy and sustainable transport choices for everybody travelling within Aberdeen City & Shire and beyond.”

The leaflet has been distributed to a variety of locations across the north-east including GP surgeries, healthcare facilities and some council offices. Copies are also available on NHS Grampian, Nestrans, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Council websites.

Paul Allen, Deputy General Manager of Facilities and Estates, NHS Grampian, “The Foresterhill campus has 2,500 car parking spaces and on a typical week day some 11,000 vehicles access this very busy site.  Spaces are therefore extremely limited and we would encourage visitors to consider alternative means of transport if they are able to do so.”

“For some years we have worked closely with our colleagues in Nestrans, the local authority and bus operators to promote alternatives to private cars.  The site is well served by public transport and anyone who can use these services should consider doing so, to ensure guaranteed access to the site.”

To encourage users to utilise bus services First Aberdeen are currently running a promotion on their x40 Park & Ride route between Kingswells and Bridge of Don, which stops at ARI. Users can receive £1 off an adult peak or off peak Park & Ride ticket via a discount voucher which can be picked up throughout the city.

If you require help with accessing information for travelling to healthcare appointments the Transport to Healthcare Information Centre (THInC) can assist. THInC helps inform people of the most suitable options for getting to and from their healthcare appointments and provide details of suitable bus or trains times and contact telephone numbers, alongside other services such as local dial-a-bus services or voluntary car schemes. Callers to THInC will not be able to book ambulance transport via this number.

To use the service please call THInC on 01224 665568 between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, calls are charged at a local rate.

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