COVID-19 : ABERDEEN TRAVEL UPDATE

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

The Scottish Government have today, Wednesday 5 August, reimposed some lockdown restrictions in Aberdeen after a recent outbreak. To limit the outbreak, the Scottish government, in line with the local health team and Aberdeen City Council, has agreed the following new advice: People should not travel more than five miles for leisure purposes Travelling for work or education is permitted, but other travel is not advised Do not travel to Aberdeen Do not go into each others’ houses (with the exception of extended household groups) All indoor and outdoor hospitality …

What will travel look like in the future?

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

Views sought on Regional Transport Strategy Cast your mind back to the year 2000 – can you remember how you travelled to, from or within the North East? Travel in our region has transformed in the last 20 years. Back then we had not long said farewell to the green and yellow buses of Grampian Regional Transport. We were eight years away from having the new bus station at Union Square. There was no railway station at Laurencekirk, no terminal extension at the airport, no Diamond Bridge. Work on the …

Nestrans Board Round-Up

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

Regional Transport Strategy approved for consultation alongside work to understand the impact of Covid-19 on travel behaviour. A ten-week consultation to continue the discussion on the draft Regional Transport Strategy will start this summer. The Nestrans’ draft Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) will shape transport policies and actions for the period up until 2040. Board members discussed the most recent version of the draft on the 24 June. Introducing the proposed strategy, Nestrans Director Rab Dickson said that he believed the plan was “realistic”, yet “ambitious”. The strategy looks to address …

Aberdeenshire Council submission to Spaces for People fund is successful

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

Press release from Aberdeenshire Council: Aberdeenshire Council has been successful in its £310,000 project bid to ensure people are able to safely access services in town centres while maintaining physical distancing. Following constructive discussions with Sustrans – which administers the £30 million fund in behalf of the Scottish Government – Aberdeenshire Council’s submission was successful. The funding will cover 100% of the cost of these temporary infrastructure projects to provide safe walking, wheeling and cycling as the lockdown is eased. Immediate priority is to be given to the North-east town …

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 …