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 …

Bus Passenger Satisfaction Surveys

Lucy JohnstonNews

Nestrans, supported by the North East Bus Alliance partners, are conducting a bus passenger satisfaction survey across the north east. This research aims to understand the current bus passenger experience of bus services within both local authority areas of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Between Monday 30 October and Sunday 3 December, AECOM will be conduct interviews on behalf of Nestrans with members of the public at specified public transport locations, local town centres and on-street locations across the North East of Scotland. In undertaking the surveys we are looking to …

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 …

Peterhead Transport Interchange reopens to customers following improvement works

Jenny Anderson2023, News

From Aberdeenshire Council Bus services have resumed at Peterhead’s transport interchange following the completion of a series of improvements to the facility. Work on the project, arranged by Aberdeenshire Council and largely funded by Nestrans, took place over six weeks and has involved a range of repairs, upgrades and new additions to the Windmill Street facility. Energy-efficiency has been a key focus of the scheme, with the five new enclosed bus shelters installed by Commutaports featuring sedum vegetation roofing and solar-powered LED lighting. The site also has three Papercast ‘electronic …

Roadworks for new road layout to create bus priority route

Lucy Johnston2023, News

From Aberdeen City Council A new road layout in the city centre which will create a bus priority route is to open after Scottish Gas Networks has finished works on Union Terrace. The new road layout will help to reduce travel times for buses in the city centre which will in turn encourage more people to use sustainable or active travel, which is one of the goals of the City Centre Masterplan. The bus priority route will minimise the amount of general traffic on Bridge Street, Guild Street (east of …

Peterhead transport interchange to undergo a programme of improvements during the summer

Lucy Johnston2023, News

From Aberdeenshire Council Peterhead’s transport interchange is to undergo a £250,000 programme of improvements during the summer. Opened in 2007, the facility continues to serve as an important entry point to the town centre with both local town bus services and longer distance services operating out of the interchange. Following recent concerns raised by members of the public and local councillors regarding the appearance of the site including the condition of footpaths and heavy corrosion to bus shelters, Aberdeenshire Council will undertake improvements from June 19 through till the end …

£200,000 for Aberdeen bus infrastructure Improving bus reliability and making journeys faster

Lucy Johnston2023, News

From Transport Scotland: The Scottish Government has awarded £200,000 to the North East Bus Alliance through the Bus Partnership Fund. This will deliver bus priority infrastructure on Market Street, Guild Street, and Bridge Street in Aberdeen city centre – reducing the impact of congestion on bus services and making journeys quicker for passengers. Bus lanes and gates are expected to be operational by the end of Summer 2023, coinciding with the completion of improvements at South College Street which are funded by the Scottish Government and Aberdeen City Council. This …

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 …

Ready2Go Around Inverurie bus initiative extended for a further year

Lucy Johnston2022, News

The Ready2Go Around Inverurie digital demand responsive transport (DDRT) pilot initiative has been extended for a further year. Aberdeenshire Council says a far greater understanding of how enhanced DDRT services operate has been developed during the first 11 months of the service. Continuation of the initial experimental period will provide time for the council’s passenger transport unit to undertake further appraisal of the role of such novel services. The Monday-Saturday Ready2Go Around Inverurie service involves five minibuses operated by Watermill Coaches under contract to the council covering Inverurie and the …

Two public consultations into improving transport connections on the A92 and the A944 have started

Lucy Johnston2022, News

From Aberdeen City Council: Two separate public consultations have started to help the process of identifying options for improving transport connections on the A92 from Bridge of Dee to Bridge of Don and the A944 Aberdeen to Westhill. The studies, which focus on active travel and public transport connections, continue the ongoing work of Aberdeen City Council and partners to consider means of locking-in benefits of the city bypass (AWPR) on the principal transport corridors linking Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen. The A92 corridor (Anderson Drive and the Parkway) between Bridge of Don and Bridge …