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North East Scotland Bus Alliance
Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, First in Aberdeen and Stagecoach Bluebird have been involved in a Quality Partnership for public transport since April 1998. Nestrans, the Regional Transport Partnership for the North East, joined the Quality Partnership in 2007 and a further update to the agreement was signed by all five partners in 2010.
The focus of this partnership was to increase bus patronage, improve accessibility of services, ensure reliability and punctuality, improve vehicle standards and increase and improve on the quality of bus infrastructure and information provision. Recent trends demonstrate the need for more to be done to challenge the dominance of the private car and increase the attractiveness of bus travel.
In light of this, partners agreed that a new approach was needed and statutory quality partnerships (or potential Bus Service Improvement Partnerships, following the Transport (Scotland) Bill) have been identified as the best framework to allow partners to commit to the necessary improvements in bus services.
The Bus Alliance Agreement was signed by all partners in August 2018 and comprises of Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, First Bus, Stagecoach, Bains Coaches and Nestrans. The newly formed Board agreed that the first order of business was to develop a ‘state of the network’ report. This report provides the baseline from which to identify priorities and develop corridor specific action plans to achieve the objectives set out in the Bus Alliance Quality Partnership Agreement.
Bus Partnership Fund Bid
On the 9th November 2020, the Scottish Government announced the launch of a long term £500 million programme of investment in ambitious bus priority infrastructure; supporting local authorities, in partnership with bus operators, to tackle the negative impact of congestion on bus services. The aim of these interventions is to ensure that journeys are quicker and more reliable, thereby encouraging more people to travel by bus. This fund, called the Bus Partnership Fund, which is part of the Scottish Government’s response to the climate emergency, is also expected to leverage and enable other bus service improvements to tackle the climate emergency, reduce private car use and increase bus patronage.
A bid for funding was submitted on behalf of the North East Bus Alliance in April 2021. The submission was supported by a copy of the ‘Aberdeen Rapid Transit – Our Vision‘ document.
Bus Action Plan
Real Time Passenger Information
Park & Ride Studies
Dyce Airlink Jet Connect
Nestrans, in partnership with Aberdeen City Council introduced a new bus service, 80 Dyce Airlink, from the 15th December 2008. This was rebranded in April 2012 to Jet Connect and was operated on a commercial basis by Stagecoach Bluebird until May 2017.
Bus Satisfaction Survey
Fares and Ticketing Strategy
Barriers to bus use study 2015
Queens Road Modelling Study 2017