Phase two of hospital traffic improvements to get underway

Stuart Smith 2012, News

Work to further improve traffic flow and public transport links at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary will get underway on Wednesday, 13 June.

Foresterhill Road will be closed between both junctions with the car park loop road from tomorrow until early July while the work is carried out. The restriction will not apply to emergency service vehicles, service buses, vehicles travelling to the Blood Transfusion Centre and the north and south service roads.

Bus gates will be installed on the road to reduce the amount of non-hospital related traffic using it and improve access for public transport and vehicles travelling to the health facilities at the Foresterhill site. The work is being jointly funded by NHS Grampian and regional transport partnership Nestrans.

Nestrans director Derick Murray said: “This project is part of a wider programme of work to ease congestion, improve traffic flow and enhance accessibility around the busy Foresterhill site. These improvements will make a considerable difference to people travelling to and from the hospital and we are pleased the work is progressing on schedule.”

NHS Grampian general manager estates and facilities Gary Mortimer said: “Foresterhill Road was designated no-access for any vehicles other than buses or emergency vehicles back in 2009. However it remains a popular ‘cut-through’ and it’s become clear that more work is required to keep the road clear of ordinary traffic.

“These works are very welcome and we’re pleased to again be working with a range of partners to improve access to Foresterhill Health Campus for the vehicles and drivers who need it most.

“Significant works such as these do lead to disruption and I would like to thank the public in advance for their patience and understanding. As always, if you are coming to Foresterhill Health Campus and have an alternative to bringing your car, please do so.”

Aberdeen City Council’s Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure convener Barney Crockett added: “I am pleased to see that work is ongoing to improve access to the health facilities at Foresterhill. This work may cause some disruption in the short-term, but it will be well worth it in the long run.”

Bus firms also welcomed the progression of the works, which should help to improve journey times.

First Aberdeen operations director Duncan Cameron said: “We welcome the latest phase of public transport improvements at Foresterhill. Catching the bus is now safer and more convenient for passengers thanks to the work already carried out. The next stage will enhance those improvements and help enable us to provide improved services on routes to and from Foresterhill.”

Stagecoach Bluebird managing director Andrew Jarvis said: “We are delighted that the project is progressing well, the next phase of work on Foresterhill Road providing a bus only section of road should reduce general traffic and assist with our service reliability and access.”