Volunteer Drivers across Grampian recognised for their vital service

Lucy Johnston 2020, 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 Johnston 2020, 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 Johnston 2020, 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 Johnston 2020, 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. …

Park & Ride figures on the increase

Lucy Johnston 2019, News

The number of cars using Park & Ride sites across the region is on the increase, according to the latest figures from Nestrans. Members of the North East’s Regional Transport Partnership heard that over 440 drivers per day are making use of bus-based Park & Ride sites in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, an increase of 6.8% on last year’s numbers. The figures come after Nestrans completed its annual patronage spot-surveys across the five bus Park & Ride sites (Bridge of Don, Ellon, Kingswells, Craibstone and Newtonhill). The data collected was …

Improving Accessibility at Insch Rail Station

Lucy Johnston 2019, News

Rail users and the communities of Insch and the surrounding area are being invited to take part in an online survey as part of the Accessibility at Insch Station Study that is currently being progressed. Accessibility issues at the station have been a longstanding concern amongst local residents and the wider community. Insch is the only station in the north east where step-free access to both platforms is not provided, as there is currently no step-free access to Platform 1. Earlier this year, the North East Scotland Regional Transport Partnership, …

New website launched to promote Park and Ride services in the north east

Lucy Johnston 2019, News

Getabout, the sustainable travel brand, today (Monday 28th October) launched their new Park and Ride website for users in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The site covers the five park and ride locations in the north east including Bridge of Don, Craibstone, Ellon, Kingswells and Newtonhill. The website provides users with information on the facilities available at each location, opening times, fares, how to purchase tickets, journey planner and links to live departures. Councillor Peter Argyle, Nestrans Chair, “This is the first time all Park and Ride information has been available in …

Nestrans welcomes Lee Craigie to Aberdeen

Lucy Johnston 2019, News

Nestrans were delighted to welcome Lee Craigie, Scotland’s Active Nation Commissioner to Aberdeen today, Tuesday 26th March. Lee is a long-established inspirational figure in the world of cycling, not only as an impressive competitor and endurance rider but also as an advocate for the therapeutic and social aspects of cycling and being outdoors.  Her new role will see Lee act as an official representative for walking, cycling and physical activity and work to keep active travel on the agenda, help to implement and promote the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland …

Do you have the drive to help shape the future of North-east transport strategy?

Lucy Johnston 2019, News

Nestrans, the Regional Transport Partnership for the North-east of Scotland have today launched their search to find a new member to serve on the Board. Nestrans works with local government representatives and non Councillor members drawn from diverse backgrounds and with different perspectives to take a strategic approach to transport that supports and helps improve the economy, environment and quality of life across Aberdeen City and Shire. A vacancy has arisen for a non-Councillor Board Member and applications are invited from interested individuals with the necessary aptitude, experience and ability …