The Nestrans Regional Transport Strategy (RTS)

The Nestrans Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) sets out the challenges facing Aberdeen City and Shire over the next 20 years and how we will address them.  It includes a comprehensive appraisal of the problems and issues affecting transport in the north east and sets clear objectives for improving transport in the region to 2035.


The RTS was first adopted as a statutory document in 2008 following approval by Scottish Ministers.  The RTS built on the previous strategy to 2011, referred to as the Modern Transport Strategy or MTS and the key projects which were already included within this such as the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. Our current adopted strategy is 2013 RTS Refresh, we have now submitted our next Strategy, Nestrans 2040, to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectity.

2013 Regional Transport Strategy Refresh

In 2012, the Nestrans Board agreed to carry out a review of the RTS to take account of a number of changes in policy and to better align it to the Structure Plan and emerging Strategic Development Plan for the North East. The 2008 RTS was developed without the context of an up to date Structure Plan or Local Development Plans, all of which are now in place. The purpose of this review was therefore not to change the direction of the RTS but to incorporate significant developments in policy and to better align it with the SDP, the transport implications of this development plan and its timeframe to 2035.

A Main Issues Report was produced for consultation in 2012 to identify the key issues for the re-fresh and the final strategy was approved by the Board and submitted to Scottish Ministers for approval in September 2013.

As with the 2008 RTS consultation was a key part of the re-fresh process and a full Strategic Environmental Assessment and Equalities Impact Assessment were carried out.

The RTS Refresh was submitted to the Scottish Government for comment in September 2013 and a final version was approved by the Minister for Transport and Veterans on 16th January 2014.

Annual Monitoring Report

The Nestrans Annual Monitoring Report is submitted each year to the Nestrans Board, and provides information and background data to support the development of the Regional Transport Strategy.

The eleventh annual monitoring report was approved at the meeting of the Board on 24 June 2020, and is available in full here.

Documents – Regional Transport Strategy Refresh 2013

Relevant links

If you would like to request a hard copy of the RTS, please contact Nestrans.

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Following a two year process developing the next Regional Transport Strategy, the final documents have now been submitted to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity for consideration.

The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity will now consider the RTS and provide feedback.

If endorsed, the formal adoption of the strategy and commencement of delivery will begin later this year.

Previous Strategies

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2008 Regional Transport Strategy
Following submission to Ministers for approval in March 2007, the Nestrans Regional Transport Strategy was revised in line with comments from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth.

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Modern Transport System
The Modern Transport System (MTS) is the transport strategy to 2011 for north east Scotland developed by Nestrans in 2002/2003.

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Delivery Mapping
Transport, travel, and infrastructure in the North East have changed significantly over the past 20 years. We created a timeline of some of the significant changes since 2000.