Interchange between different modes of transport and improvements to the urban environment are important elements in improving the attractiveness of public transport, walking and cycling.
Nestrans supports the development of high quality transport interchanges throughout the north east, both physically by the development of accessible, secure and welcoming facilities and by ensuring the problems caused by utilising more than one means of transport are minimised.
In recent years the bus and rail interchange in Aberdeen has been improved through the development of the Union Square shopping centre, and new bus interchanges have opened in both Fraserburgh and Peterhead with funding from Nestrans and Aberdeenshire Council.
In 2012, Nestrans, in partnership with NHS Grampian and Aberdeen City Council also undertook work to improve the bus interchange at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to increase the capacity and improve the flow of buses through the site and to improve accessibility, safety and information for passengers.
A new bus interchange facility at Dyce railway station was opened in July 2015 in order to improve links to Aberdeen Airport and Dyce Drive. Designed and built by Aberdeen City Council and funded by regional transport partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire Nestrans, it includes a dedicated bus access road, turning circle, connecting paths, bus waiting facilities, cycle racks and landscaping.
Looking to the future, Aberdeenshire Council are working on plans to develop a bus and rail interchange in Inverurie interchange and on the development of mini interchange hubs along the A947 and A93 corridors which will promote interchange between local and mainline bus services and provide park and ride facilities and cycle parking as well as improved passenger information.
As well as infrastructure measures Nestrans will also work with partners to promote and support initiatives such as the Grasshopper Pass (a multi-operator bus ticket launched in 2014), to enhance transport interchange through integrated ticketing and better travel information.