Getting goods to market efficiently and on time is crucial to the success of businesses in the north east. Road, sea, rail and air are all important modes of freight transport, with many journeys involving a combination of two or more modes. Enabling efficient interchange is therefore an important element of the transport system.


Nestrans, in partnership with industry, is looking at ways in which the freight transport system in the north east could further develop. Working with private and public sector interests across all modes, a Freight Action Plan to take forward the proposals for freight in the RTS has been produced and identifies proposals and actions to enhance the effectiveness of freight movement. A refreshed Action Plan (FAP2) was produced and launched in June 2014.

In 2016 Aberdeen City Council launched the ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme in partnership with Nestrans and Aberdeenshire Council. The aim of this scheme is to encourage more efficient & cleaner operations for HGVs, buses, coaches, vans and taxis. More information can be found here.

In addition, a Nestrans are also offering city centre businesses the chance to trial an electric cargo bike for free. 

Currently Nestrans is working with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council to improve freight connections through the CIVITAS Portis project. More information can be found on the project page.

A Freight Forum has been established to help progress the Action Plan and full information from the Forum meetings can be viewed in the Freight Documents section.

A freight map for Aberdeen City showing principal freight routes, restrictions on the road network, industrial estates and lorry parking areas has been published. A freight map covering the Aberdeenshire area is also available. Both can be found here.

Both freight maps are currently under review and in the process of being updated as part of the CIVITAS Portis project. A Distribution Strategy has also been developed and is available to view in the Freight Documents section.

The promotion of rail freight will be taken forward through the Freight Action Plan.