Your chance to help steer next Aberdeen City Council Local Transport Strategy

Lucy Johnston 2021, News

News release from Aberdeen City Council:

A public consultation on Aberdeen’s next Local Transport Strategy (LTS) was launched today by (Oct 4).

As part of this, Aberdeen City Council is seeking comment on the current network, strategy and where improvements could be made as well as wider feedback on how transport fits with other aspects of daily life.

The strategy will span the next five years and cover all aspects of transport including walking, cycling, public transport, freight, taxis, motorcycles, car sharing, car clubs, car and van use, parking, maintenance and low carbon fuels.

Framed within the context of existing national and regional transport policies, the strategy will take account of transport’s relationship with the wider context including economy, the environment, health, people and communities.

Transport spokesperson Councillor Sandra Macdonald said: “There has been significant travel change in recent years and more is to come – so I would urge people take part in the consultation.

“The way we live, work and travel is undergoing a revolution, shaped by everything from the Covid-19 pandemic to climate change, and as a council we want people to be at the heart of decision-making.

“This is a chance for residents to help steer the direction of the network’s development, which in turn will have a profound impact on daily lives.”

Since 2016, when the last strategy was adopted, the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route has opened while enhancements to the Aberdeen to Inverurie railway line have taken place.

Further improvements include the launch of the Go ABz smart transport app and the roll out of more cycling infrastructure, hydrogen buses and electric vehicle charge points across the city.

And the forthcoming launch of the Big Issue Sharebike ebike hire scheme, the Aberdeen Low Emission Zone and development of the City Centre and Beach masterplans will also influence thinking on the strategy.

The consultation runs to Sunday 14th November.

A draft strategy is expected to be ready by autumn 2022 and will go out for further consultation..

More information on the next LTS and what was achieved in the previous LTS.