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 …

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 …

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 …

Buchan residents asked for feedback on rural transport issues.

Lucy Johnston2020, News

Residents from the Buchan area of Aberdeenshire are being invited to share their transport experiences to help inform and shape a new rural transport pilot called BeLinkD. For those living in rural areas, a lack of adequate transport can be a significant barrier to travel and can result in restricted access to facilities and services. The BeLinkD pilot will aim to reduce financial pressures and improve the health and wellbeing of Buchan residents living in poverty. It will provide opportunities for them to access cheaper shopping and services, attend health or …

Grampian Cycle Partnership Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Lucy Johnston2020, News

Press Release from Grampian Cycle Partnership: Grampian Cycle Partnership (GCP) held its inaugural AGM on 27th January 2020, marking the conclusion of a successful first year.  GCP was set up to work in partnership with individuals and existing stakeholders with the objective of making the North East of Scotland a better place to live through helping make cycling safer and easier for all.  GCP believes that the successful promotion and adoption of cycling as a viable means of transportation has the potential not only to reduce the number of premature …

Public given opportunity to comment at the start of additional active travel planning for A944 corridor

Lucy Johnston2020, News

People in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are being asked to take part in a consultation for a new active travel route including a segregated cycle path for the A944 corridor. The route would be between Kingswells in the city and Westhill in Aberdeenshire and the aim is to encourage more people to walk or cycle and reduce car journeys. The study is to provide recommendations to both Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council to inform the implementation of a continuous active travel route for walking and cycling between the two communities. …