Monitoring and Modelling

Nestrans regularly monitors travel patterns to understand long-term trends across the region and their impacts on the Regional Transport Strategy.

Nestrans manage and maintain the Aberdeen Sub Area Model (ASAM), which is a multi-modal strategic model that is used to appraise and inform regional policies and projects.  It also provides strategic forecast data for the North East.  Access to ASAM information can be requested from the Transport Scotland Latis website as detailed below.

Understanding travel patterns and behaviours

Comprehensive Travel Study - 2023

During the development of the Regional Transport Strategy, a series of impact assessments were conducted, including Strategic Environmental Assessment, Health Inequalities Impact Assessment, and Equalities Impact Assessment. However, these assessments highlighted a gap in our data, particularly around protected characteristics under the Equalities Act (2010), and a lack of understanding of how people in Aberdeen travel due to limited or small sample size data.

Following on from our behaviour and attitude surveys carried out during the Covid pandemic (see below), in 2022, Nestrans applied for £50,000 match-funding from the Paths for All Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund to conduct a Comprehensive Travel Study. This study aims to provide insights into post-pandemic travel patterns and attitudes in the North East and to support monitoring for the Regional Transport Strategy.

Alongside the full report, a series of infographics were produced, summarising the findings.

North East Transport Behaviour and Attitude Surveys - 2020/21

    As part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic Nestrans commissioned consultants Systra, to carry out a series of 10 travel surveys (every four weeks) to try and gauge how people in the North East of Scotland are traveling and how they expect to travel in the future, as well as finding out their current issues and concerns. These surveys are available below and will help us to inform and plan for travel and transport in the area, in the short to medium term during the Covid-19 restrictions and as we move forward out of them. Nestrans have secured grant funding from Paths for All, Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund, to help pay for these surveys.

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    Nestrans Monitoring Report

    The Nestrans Monitoring Report shows progress against the objectives of the Regional Transport Strategy.
    Nestrans has identified twenty different targets across the six priorities of the RTS. Using these, Nestrans can measure the effectiveness of policies and interventions against the intended aims.
    For each indicator, a baseline and targets have been set where appropriate, including interim targets for 2030 if applicable.
    You can view the baseline monitoring report for Nestrans 2040, which was approved by the Nestrans Board in February 2022. You can view the 2023 monitoring report here.

    Aberdeen Sub Area Model (ASAM)

    The Aberdeen Sub Area Model (ASAM) is a multi-modal transport model and covers the main road and public transport network of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.  It was developed by Nestrans in partnership with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils, the Strategic Development Planning Authority and Transport Scotland.  The current version ASAM14 has a base year of 2014 and an update is currently being developed to reflect observed travel patterns following the opening of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral and will create a new base year of 2019. 

    Transport Scotland manage requests for access to information from their national  model (Transport Model for Scotland) and various regional models, including ASAM, from their Land-use And Transport Integration in Scotland (LATIS) website.  Access to transport and travel data collected to support the creation of the models can also be requested.   

    Should you wish to access information from ASAM or any of the LATIS models, then please complete a LATIS Request Formand submit it to  Successful applicants will be required to agree to the LATIS Terms of Use