The Nestrans Regional Transport Strategy (RTS)

The Regional Transport Strategy is a long-term strategy for the areas of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, which sets the vision and direction for transport in the region up to the year 2040.


Our vision is to provide a safer, cleaner, more inclusive, accessible and resilient transport system in the North East, which protects the natural and built environment and contributes to healthier, more prosperous and fairer communities.

The Nestrans 2040 strategy was developed over a two year process, working with our members, partners, stakeholders and the public to produce the new strategy.

The strategy has been informed by this engagement, option appraisal work, and looking at best practice from elsewhere.

The final strategy was endorsed by the Minister for Transport on 5 November 2021 and formally adopted by the Nestrans Board at the board meeting on 10 November 2021.

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.

Key Documents

View the Nestrans 2040 Regional Transport StrategyView the RTS Supporting DocumentsRead our 'At a Glance' Guide to the Regional Transport Strategy

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

Relevant links

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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.

Previous Strategies

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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.

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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.