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.

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 Distribution Strategy has also been developed and is available to view in the Freight Documents section.

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.

Nestrans is also working with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council to improve freight connections through the CIVITAS Portis project.

E-cargo bikes take to Aberdeen

Organisations across the North East can now trial an electric cargo bike for free for a period of up to one year.

HGVs at traffic lights

Latest Meeting of the Freight Forum

Freight Map

The freight map for the north east of Scotland showing principal freight routes, restrictions on the road network, industrial estates and lorry parking areas has recently been updated as part of the CIVITAS Portis project.

The online freight map will be regularly updated to reflect any changes in restrictions and recommended routeing. Work is currently ongoing to publish the map in a physical format.