New campaign to encourage changes in how people get around the city centre to tackle climate change

Lucy Johnston2023, News

Early improvements of the bus priority measures include reduction in congestion, improved punctuality and increased passenger numbers Aberdeen’s new bus priority measures are reducing pollution and congestion in the city centre, and slashing journey times by 25% according to the North East Bus Alliance. The alliance says that “more people taking the bus, more often” will make an even bigger difference to emissions given that one double decker bus takes up to 75 cars off the road. The new statistics come as the alliance launches a campaign to encourage people …

A million Aberdeen bus passengers experience better journeys thanks to new city centre bus priority

Lucy Johnston2023, News

Almost 600,000 bus passengers a month are now experiencing better journeys because of the new bus priority routes in Aberdeen city centre. Two months on from their introduction, new figures from First Aberdeen and Stagecoach show the bus gates are already delivering measurable benefits for bus passengers across the region. The priority works have been delivered by Aberdeen City Council, funded through the North East Bus Alliance bid to the Scottish Government’s Bus Partnership Fund (BPF). Scottish Transport Minister, Fiona Hyslop, visited Aberdeen today (Tuesday, 24 October) to meet with …

Road safety research project commences in North East Scotland

Lucy Johnston2023, News

A nationally-funded road safety research project is now underway in North East Scotland, with its key focus to identify the reasons behind the significant reduction in road traffic collisions and casualties during the ten-year-period 2011 to 2020. The three local authorities in North East Scotland – Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray – have all experienced major reductions over this period, however, the relative contributions of various factors behind the falls remain unclear. Between 2011 to 2020, the three combined areas saw a 79% reduction in the number of reported injury …

CCTV for pedestrian counts on CCTV Westburn Road/Hutcheon Street

Lucy Johnston2023, News

Please note that CCTV will be in operation on Westburn Road and Hutcheon Street on Thursday 16 February 2023. In order to encourage people to make more walking journeys between Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the City Centre, Aberdeen City Council are installing a number of benches on Westburn Road and Hutcheon Street. Given how hilly this corridor is, these will provide useful resting places for pedestrians, especially those who may have been discouraged from walking between the hospital and the City Centre previously. The benches will be procured by the …

Setting the wheels in motion for Aberdeen Rapid Transit

Lucy Johnston2022, News

Today (Thursday, 24 November) marks the launch of a campaign for Aberdeen Rapid Transit (ART), as work progresses on a bid to bring new high-quality, fast and sustainable public transport to North East Scotland. Nestrans, the Regional Transport Partnership for the North East of Scotland, and its partners are working to develop a significantly enhanced public transport offering for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Nestrans, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and bus operators have a shared vision to deliver a new system that will enable fast, frequent and reliable services; through a …

Public asked for feedback on travelling between Aberdeen and Laurencekirk

Lucy Johnston2021, News

A new survey has launched today (Monday 20 September) to study transport problems and opportunities between Aberdeen and Laurencekirk. Nestrans is looking to identify options that will encourage more people to travel in a sustainable way along the corridor; be it walking, cycling, or using public transport. An online survey will be open for four weeks from Monday 20th September until Monday 18th October 2021. The study is being funded by Transport Scotland’s Local Rail Development Fund. It will investigate rail options, including the potential for new stations south of …

Tour of Britain stage revealed for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen

Lucy Johnston2021, News

The final stage route for the Tour of Britain in September – which will be in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire – has been announced. Stage 8 will begin in Stonehaven and this year’s overall champion will be crowned in Aberdeen at the end of the most northerly stage ever to feature in the Tour of Britain. By popular demand from local cyclists, the route includes the King of the Mountains climb at Cairn o’ Mount (3.35km, 9.5% average). The peloton will briefly head into the Cairngorms National Park, with Ballater marking …

Covid-19 impacts on the numbers of north east road collisions and casualties

Lucy Johnston2021, News

News release on behalf of Road Safety North East Scotland The release of the latest edition of Transport Scotland’s Key Reported Road Casualties Scotland (KRRCS) publication, which provides provisional data on reported road casualties and collisions in local authority areas across Scotland, has shown the impact of Covid-19 on north east road safety performance during 2020. For much of the year (2020) Covid-related travel restrictions were in force which led to considerably fewer vehicles using the road. Transport Scotland has indicated that ‘car traffic levels dropped to around 25% of …

Volunteer Drivers across Grampian recognised for their vital service

Lucy Johnston2020, News

Transport volunteers across the North-east have been recognised for their outstanding service, commitment and contribution at the Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards. The biennial awards highlight the vital support that community transport provides. The service plays a critical role helping those who face difficulty travelling to key services. The work of those in volunteering roles has been crucial in this challenging year for communities. Today’s (Tuesday 27th October) virtual ceremony saw winners recognised for a range of work: Volunteer Driver/Escort of the Year was jointly-awarded to Norman Kinnaird of Huntly Community …