North East transport strategy prepares for wide-ranging consultation

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

The transport vision and direction for the north east for the next 20 years enters its last lap. Nestrans’ draft Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) will shape transport policies and actions for the period up until 2040. Next week Nestrans Board members will discuss the full draft document along with proposals for a final round of consultation. As the Regional Transport Partnership for the North East of Scotland, Nestrans has a statutory duty to produce and deliver the strategy, known as ‘Nestrans 2040’. To date, the strategy has had input from …

New physical distancing measures to make city centre safe

Nikki Laird 2020, News

Press release from Aberdeen City Council: As part of the Council’s response to Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s Route Map for easing COVID-19 restrictions, we are working with partners, including NHS Grampian, to allow activity to safely resume in the city centre. Work is starting tomorrow (Saturday 30 May) on widening pavements to allow for better physical distancing for pedestrians. Aberdeen City Council was awarded a £1.76 million grant on Monday (25 May) from the Scottish Government’s Spaces for People fund to carry out the temporary works which helps …

Social distancing plans for city streets to support the NHS are given the go-ahead

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

From Aberdeen City Council: An ambitious plan by Aberdeen City Council to allow for social distancing in city streets to help ensure the safe emergence from the coronavirus lockdown was today awarded a £1.76million grant from the Scottish Government’s Spaces for People fund. The grant will pay/go towards a roll out of temporary measures to allow people to walk, cycle, and queue for buses and shopping while adhering to social distancing guidance. Measures taking place include pedestrianisation, pavement widening, temporary bike lanes, and one-way walking systems and work will start …

Nestrans welcome National Transport Strategy (NTS2)

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

The National Transport Strategy for Scotland (NTS2) was published on 5th February 2020. Chair of Nestrans, Councillor Sandra Macdonald, welcomed it’s publication. “The National Transport Strategy provides a strong foundation for our developing Regional Transport Strategy. The priorities in the national document are consistent with our vision to develop a safer, cleaner, more inclusive and accessible transport system in the north east, which contributes to healthier, more prosperous and fairer communities. “The national strategy, combined with the extensive engagement we have already undertaken with our stakeholders, gives us a clear framework for …

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 …