Take the hassle out of your festive travel, don’t be one of those people, stuck in traffic jams, or frustrated in car parks!
Beat the rush and travel into Aberdeen City Centre by bus, train or Park & Ride this festive season.
Take the hassle out of your festive travel, don’t be one of those people, stuck in traffic jams, or frustrated in car parks! Beat the rush and travel…
Take the hassle out of your festive travel, don’t be one of those people, stuck in traffic jams, or frustrated in car parks!
Beat the rush and travel into Aberdeen City Centre by bus, train or Park & Ride this festive season.
The creative art skills of four primary school pupils are being used to help promote roadshows seeking to get pupils and parents thinking about…
The creative art skills of four primary school pupils are being used to help promote roadshows seeking to get pupils and parents thinking about alternative ways of travelling to and from school.
The poster competition winners will see their colourful artwork designs turned into large vinyl banners to be placed outside schools to promote Aberdeenshire Council’s Smarter Travel roadshows.
Hundreds of entries were submitted and the winning designs came from:
Fishermoss Primary, Portlethen - Emma Taylor P7
St Andrews Primary, Fraserburgh – Amy Buchan P7
Kellands Primary, Inverurie – Lois Robertson P5
Ellon Primary – Brodie Fraser P6C
The competition was judged by Cllr Peter Argyle, chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, supported by council staff.
Cllr Argyle said: “There were lots of great entries and it was hard whittling it down, but we liked the ideas and concepts conveyed in the designs that were chosen as worthy winners.
“The competition has got pupils thinking about different travel choices for short trips like the school run. Parents leaving the car at home eases congestion, reduces pollution and creates a safer environment around our schools and means families gain the benefits of getting a little more daily exercise too.”
Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, said: “I am delighted to see so many primary schools in Aberdeenshire being supportive of this very worthwhile initiative. It is fantastic pupils have demonstrated their creativity in raising awareness of such an important issue.
“Children and young people could learn some excellent tips on the environment and caring for our community from participating in these innovative Road Shows. Why not visit a Smarter Travel road show event at a school near you?”
The fun and interactive Smarter Travel roadshows are designed to educate pupils and parents about alternatives to taking the car for shorter journeys, as well as providing details on public transport and car sharing options and how to stay safe and be seen when out and about.
The roadshows are being delivered by Aberdeenshire Council supported by partners including Stagecoach Scotland, Nestrans, Police Scotland, Halfords and the Scottish SPCA. There will be free bike checks, the chance to find out what a lorry driver can – and more importantly can’t – see from the cab, family-friendly rescue dogs, information bus, the chance to use pedal power to create a delicious drink using the smoothie bike, road safety advice, giveaways and information.
The roadshows take place on the following dates and venues:
Wednesday, November 22 - Gordon Primary, Huntly
Friday, November 24 – Kellands Primary, Inverurie
Wednesday, November 29 – Fishermoss Primary, Portlethen
Thursday, November 30 – Ellon Primary School
Each event is open to pupils in the afternoon, and to parents and pupils from local schools after school from 3.15pm-4pm. More details can be found at Facebook at www.facebook.com/TSaberdeenshire or on Twitter at @TSaberdeenshire
We’ve all been there: the days when the allure of the Netflix binge is too strong to resist; when a cosy day wrapped in a duvet wins out over…
We’ve all been there: the days when the allure of the Netflix binge is too strong to resist; when a cosy day wrapped in a duvet wins out over venturing outside.
While the draw of staying inside can sometimes be overwhelming, it’s vital to remember just how important it is to get up off the sofa and exercise. It is recommended that young people aged five to 18 should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every day, while adults should aim for 150 minutes across a week.
This is one of the messages that will be spread to primary school pupils and their families when the Smarter Travel Roadshow – which promotes eco-friendly and healthy ways of getting to school – takes place across Aberdeenshire during the next few weeks.
While this may seem like a daunting target to meet, there are simple changes to your lifestyle that can help you achieve your goals… some of which come with four legs and a wagging tail.
Graeme Innes, centre manager at the Scottish SPCA’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre, will be attending a number of the Smarter Travel Roadshow events to tell attendees just how man’s best friend can help them meet their exercise needs.
He said: “Owning a dog keeps you active. Different dogs require different amounts of exercise, but they’ll all get you up out of your chair and get you outdoors.
“I’ve got a springer spaniel, and he’s constantly on the go. I used to be in the army and played a lot of sport, but as I’ve got a bit older my knees and ankles won’t let me play football and rugby as much as I’d like. So most of my fitness and exercise is now with the dog, and on my days off we’ll head away into the hills for a long walk.”
Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, said: “Walking your four legged friend is not only great exercise but could be a really innovative way of making the school run that bit more fun. So why not give the car a rest and instead take your dog out for a well-deserved walk when going to and from school?
“Over the next few weeks the Smarter Travel Roadshows will give parents and young people plenty of hints and tips on using greener travel methods when completing the school run. Look out for a Smarter Travel Roadshow at a school near you.”
Losing those extra inches from the waistband isn’t the be-all and end-all of dog ownership, though. As technology becomes more ingrained in our society, the need to get outside is more pressing than ever – in 2015 it was estimated that young people spend an average 144 minutes a day in front of a screen, a number which continues to rise. By encouraging children to get outside – and to spend time together with friends or as a family – it can improve their general wellbeing and help to reduce stress.
Graeme said: “My youngest son is 14 and it can be difficult to drag him away from his computer. But every day, when he gets home from school, he takes the dog out for a walk – and for 40 minutes or so he’s getting fresh air and exercise outside. Now more than ever, when everything is becoming computerised, it’s important to introduce children to the great outdoors, and having a dog is a fantastic way to do that and to spend time together outside as a family.”
So what are the next steps? How do you find a new four-legged companion to join your family?
Graeme explained: “If you adopt a dog from the Scottish SPCA, you’re giving that animal a vital second chance.
“All the dogs and animals in our care end up here for a reason. Some of them are mistreated and abused, but there is a massive spectrum of reasons why we take on these animals: relationships break down, people move into rented accommodation where landlords do not allow pets, owners pass away or go into hospital.
“No matter their background, it’s important that these dogs – and other animals – get another chance. Our staff work very hard to get to know each animal that comes in, building a bond with them during their rehabilitation, and so they are on hand to help you choose the perfect pet to take home.
“Every dog has a full health check from a vet before leaving with their new family, and is vaccinated, deflead and dewormed, and microchipped. We also offer four weeks’ free pet insurance.”
The Smarter Travel Roadshow will visit five Aberdeenshire primary schools in Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Ellon and Portlethen in November to tell pupils and their families about simple changes they can make to their school run to help the environment and increase their weekly healthy activity. Graeme Innes will visit a number of the roadshows with some of the Scottish SPCA’s four-legged friends in tow, joining the likes of ARR Craib, Nestrans, Stagecoach and Police Scotland.
Aberdeenshire pupils are being encouraged to put their best feet forward as they think about alternative ways to travel to school.Primary pupils and…
Aberdeenshire pupils are being encouraged to put their best feet forward as they think about alternative ways to travel to school.
Primary pupils and their families in Ellon, Fraserburgh Huntly, Inverurie and Portlethen areas are being called on to embrace Smarter Travel options on their journeys to and from school this November.
Instead of hopping into the car and being driven to the school gates, they are being asked to look at alternatives like walking, cycling or scootering, alongside park and stride or getting the wider family involved by exercising the dog on the daily walk.
To help them make smarter choices, five Smarter Travel roadshows are taking place at schools, commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council and delivered in conjunction with a range of partners. There will be free bike checks, the chance to find out what a lorry driver can – and more importantly can’t – see from the cab, family-friendly rescue dogs from the Scottish SPCA, Stagecoach information bus, the chance to use pedal power to create a delicious drink using the smoothie bike, road safety advice, giveaways and information.
The roadshows are designed to stimulate interest and chat around alternatives to taking the car, particularly on short journeys like the school run, and to promote walking and cycling, public transport and car sharing options too.
Councillor Peter Argyle, Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee said: “Changing travel choices for short trips like the school run makes perfect sense. Not only can families gain the benefits of getting a little more daily exercise but by leaving the car at home it eases congestion, reduces pollution and creates a safer environment around our schools.”
Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee Chair, Cllr Gillian Owen, said: “These fun roadshow events and interactive activities will prompt parents to consider making smarter choices when it comes to the school run. It may be the case that some of the mums and dads learn a thing or two about caring for the environment and making healthier choices from their sons or daughters.”
To help pupils step up to the challenge, the roadshows will be preceded be an activity challenge, they will be given pedometers to wear and will be asked to record the number of steps they rack up during a week with prizes to reward their activity.
A banner design competition at each school has also been held and winning entries will be turned into large vinyl banners to promote each roadshow.
The roadshow dates and venues are as follows:
Monday, November 20– St Andrew’s Primary, Fraserburgh
Wednesday, November 22 - Gordon Primary, Huntly
Friday, November 24 – Kellands Primary, Inverurie
Wednesday, November 29– Fishermoss Primary, Portlethen
Thursday, November 30 – Ellon Primary School
The roadshows are open to pupils at each school in the afternoon, and to parents and pupils at the host and ‘cluster’ schools in each area from 3.15pm-4pm. More details can be found at Facebook by searching for Travel Smart Aberdeenshire or on Twitter at @TSaberdeenshire
On Monday 30th of October there will be a public display of options for the Laurencekirk A90 junction. Please see below for more…
On Monday 30th of October there will be a public display of options for the Laurencekirk A90 junction. Please see below for more details.
A new building with waiting room, cycle lockers, toilets and showering facilities opened to the public today at the £15.2million Park and Ride beside…
A new building with waiting room, cycle lockers, toilets and showering facilities opened to the public today at the £15.2million Park and Ride beside Craibstone roundabout. The waiting accommodation sits alongside a 1,000-space car park and link road, which were previously opened under different phases of the work, and will add to the facilities on offer to bus passengers, car-sharers, cyclists, or walkers.
Buses from Stagecoach’s 37 service from Inverurie and the number 16 First Aberdeen service both already serve the facility, which has a bus turning circle along with a dual carriageway link connecting the A96 Aberdeen to Inverurie road at Craibstone to Dyce Drive. It has been designed so people can park there for free and choose which mode of environmentally-friendly transport to use for the remainder of their journey – bus, car-share, cycling or walking. Motorists are allowed to park for a maximum of 36 hours.
Aberdeen City Council invested in the project which is the latest of a series of infrastructure improvements to tackle congestion and reduce journey times, and will connect with other major infrastructure projects which are designed to transform moving around the city including the AWPR/B-T, the Berryden Corridor, and the third Don crossing which was opened last June.
Aberdeen City Council transport and regeneration spokesman Councillor Ross Grant said: “It is fantastic that the building as the final part of the new Park and Ride scheme beside the Craibstone roundabout and Dyce Drive has opened for people to use.
“We’d urge people from places in Aberdeenshire north-west of the city such as Inverurie or Kintore to use the £15.2million Park and Ride at Craibstone as it means you don’t have to drive into the city centre and then find a parking space. With the cycle and showering facilities in the building, people have a real choice as to which environmentally-friendly way they can travel into town and, with the bus lanes along the A96 from the Craibstone roundabout, it’s a faster journey. Less cars means less congestion in the city centre and the A96 which is of benefit to everyone."
“The development will also provide a boost for the region’s economy by freeing up prime development land close the airport and the AWPR. Along with the Third Don Crossing and the Berryden Corridor improvements, this is just the latest in a series of major projects which will improve journey times for motorists and bus passengers.”
Stagecoach North Scotland managing director Mark Whitelocks said: "We are delighted to see the new Park and Ride indoor waiting facility opened to the public making bus travel a more attractive option for commuting to the city.
“It is fantastic that we are able to work in partnership with Aberdeen City Council to provide high quality facilities that will make a huge difference to easing traffic congestion within the city. Congestion is our biggest challenge as a society to improve reliability of bus services.
“Developments such as this combined with bus priority enjoyed on the route to the city centre and ARI to the city will be of great assistance in removing some car traffic from the roads. This will provide further benefit to both our current and new customers and we will look forward to welcoming passengers on board our service 37 with unlimited travel starting from just £3.50 a day."
First Aberdeen commercial manager Daniel Laird said: “First Aberdeen welcomes the investment in the new facility and we are always supportive of projects to support public transport usage in the city.
“We are also very pleased to be serving the Park and Ride with our recently launched Service 16. This service operates with a frequency of up to 15 minutes from the city centre to Aberdeen Airport and Dyce Park and Ride via Great Northern Road, Auchmill Road and Inverurie Road.”
The Dyce development provides parking for up to 1,000 vehicles, as well as waiting accommodation, cycle lockers, toilets and showering facilities. The road element of the scheme, which included a three-lane dual carriageway and shared footpath/cycle ways, was opened last August so traffic could use it straight away.
The Nestrans Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme (STGS) is now open for funding applications from organisations across the north east to help support…
The Nestrans Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme (STGS) is now open for funding applications from organisations across the north east to help support active and ‘greener’ travel initiatives.
Whether for increasing travel to work by public transport, supporting cycling and walking or investigating the use of low emission vehicles, the STGS could provide a grant to assist in funding such plans.
Organisations who apply, having successfully demonstrated the benefits such a scheme would have on their business, could receive a grant of between £500 and £10,000 (normally up to a maximum of 50% of any proposal). This can be used to help fund, for example; secure cycle parking and shower/changing facilities, improvements to pedestrian access or even employee training in travel planning.
Since its launch in 2004 the scheme has funded a number of different initiatives and most recently helped Sport Aberdeen to increase cycling provisions at its Beach Leisure Centre venue.
The grant helped fund the installation of a new sheltered cycle rack for 12 bicycles and a further 6 secure bike lockers. The new facilities offer staff and customers a place in which they can leave their cycles in a safe environment, protected from the elements, with an aim of encouraging this mode of transport to the venue.
Sport Aberdeen Managing Director, Alistair Robertson said: “The increased cycling provisions at the Beach Leisure Centre gives our customers the opportunity to extend their physical activity through sustainable transport.
“We’re grateful to Nestrans for this support and I would encourage organisations across the area to make use of this excellent fund.”
The installation of the new facilities also helped Sport Aberdeen with their progress towards being recognised as a Cycle Friendly Employer by national body Cycling Scotland.
Implementing sustainable travel measures can bring a number of benefits to a business, whether it’s reducing the cost of mileage claims or running a fleet, through to improving the health, productivity and morale of your workforce through active travel.
Nestrans Director Derick Murray said: ““The north east has a large travel to work area and of course it’s not always feasible to leave the car at home but where practical, we need to encourage a shift away from car dependence and single-occupant car use.
“At present we know that over 80% of commuting cars in the north east have only one occupant, and half of all car trips are under six miles.
“Initiatives like car-sharing, using public transport, cycling or walking need to be encouraged and supported if we want to reduce the effects of transport on climate, noise and air quality.
“Businesses can play a large part in helping to encourage and support sustainable travel measures, bringing benefits to the organisation and the wider area, and Nestrans will continue to support businesses in these changes through measures such as the STGS.”
The closing date for applications to this year’s Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme is close of business on Monday 31st July 2017.
For full guidance and to apply to the Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme, please visit http://www.nestrans.org.uk/sustainable-travel-gran...
The public’s views are to be sought to help define and assess transport improvement options put forward for the Wellington Road Corridor.An initial…
The public’s views are to be sought to help define and assess transport improvement options put forward for the Wellington Road Corridor.
An initial pre-appraisal study was completed by Nestrans in 2015, which focussed on the assessment of the transport-related problems on the route, and it also identified several potential ways to improve it.
In considering potential options, a focus was given to interventions which could help to lock-in the benefits that will be delivered by the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).
A more detailed STAG Part 1 transport appraisal study is now underway, to further define and assess options for improving the Wellington Road Corridor.
The options put forward from the pre-appraisal study include pedestrian improvements, segregated cycle lanes, off-road dual use cycleways, a Craigshaw Drive dual use cycleway, a toucan crossing at Abbotswell Road, a toucan crossing, at Langdykes Road, more/better crossings at Souterhead and Hareness roundabouts, shared bus/HGV priority, Souterhead roundabout improvements, Hareness roundabout improvements, an upgrade to dual carriageway at the former HM Craiginches Prison site, closure/access restriction at the Redmoss Road / West Tullos Road central reserve, electronic information signs, a sustainability package, a bus quality package, a low emission zone, a right turn/traffic signal priorities review, and a directional signage review.
The pre-Appraisal study is available from: http://www.nestrans.org.uk/db_docs/members/2015_01_21_WR_Multimodal_Corridor_Study_Final_Report.pdf
The outcomes from this work are being assessed further as part of this STAG Part 1 Study, seeking to sift the long list of potential transport improvements into a shorter list of options which could best resolve problems.
The study area for the project stretches for approximately three miles between the A90/A956 Charleston Interchange and the Queen Elizabeth Bridge.
A targeted programme of public and stakeholder engagement will be held as part of the study, including an online questionnaire available from: https://consultation.aberdeencity.gov.uk/planning/wellington-road-multi-modal-corridor-study. Hard copies will be available from community centres and libraries south of the River Dee, Central Library and Marischal College’s reception area. The questionnaire will be available until Sunday 7 May.
Further information on the study, which has been funded by Nestrans, is available from Gregor Whyte, Technical Officer, Transportation Strategy and Programmes, Housing, Communities and Infrastructure, Aberdeen City Council, Business Hub 4, Ground Floor North, Marischal College, Aberdeen, AB10 1AB, by phone on 01224 522284, or by email on GrWhyte@aberdeencity.gov.uk.
Do you use the Formartine & Buchan Way for commuting or recreational purposes?Aberdeenshire Council would love to hear your feedback on the route…
Do you use the Formartine & Buchan Way for commuting or recreational purposes?
Aberdeenshire Council would love to hear your feedback on the route to help identify any existing needs/issues.
An online survey is available until 3 March 2017.
A “Meet the team” event is being held on 17 February 2017 in Laurencekirk when representatives from Transport Scotland and their design consultant…
A “Meet the team” event is being held on 17 February 2017 in Laurencekirk when representatives from Transport Scotland and their design consultant Amey will be available to answer questions on the design and assessment process for this much-needed scheme.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:
“Last year we announced £24 million for the design and construction of a new grade-separated junction at Laurencekirk as part of a package of additional investment alongside the Aberdeen City Region Deal.
“We are committed to completing this important upgrade as soon as possible and having appointed design consultants last September, we have stepped up the work to deliver this much-needed scheme for the people of the north east as soon as possible.
“We have been working hard with the two local authorities and Nestrans and we will continue that partnership approach so we can bring improved road safety and economic benefits to road users and the local community in Laurencekirk and the north Angus area.
“This Meet the team” event is an opportunity for local residents and road users to meet the people designing the junction improvement and also to find out more about the essential design and assessment process to be followed during the development of the scheme.
"Later this year we will consult on the options that are emerging and we then anticipate being able to identify a preferred option next year. Throughout the process we will ensure that communities, businesses and individuals affected by the work are kept fully informed and their vital feedback taken into account.
“The planned improvements at Laurencekirk add to our already impressive transport infrastructure investment portfolio in the north east which includes the £745 million AWPR, improved road access on the A96 at Inveramsay Bridge, dualling the A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness, major improvements to the Aberdeen to Inverness rail line, and the ongoing design work to remove the notorious bottleneck at Haudagain roundabout."
Details of the Meet the team event on Friday 17th February 2017 (noon-7pm):
The Dickson Memorial Hall,
Material from the “Meet the team” events will be available from 12 noon on Friday 17 February 2017 on the Transport Scotland website at: www.transport.gov.scot/project/a90a937-laurencekir...
People around the north-east are being asked for their opinion on how everyone will move around the city’s roads, cycle routes and pavement networks…
People around the north-east are being asked for their opinion on how everyone will move around the city’s roads, cycle routes and pavement networks before and after the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR/B-T) opens.
The public consultation will look into how traffic and people will move around Aberdeen after the AWPR opens and how they also use the city at the moment.
The AWPR will make a difference to journey times going across and around Aberdeen as vehicles will have a 70mph speed limit as compared to the 40/30/20mph limits in the city.
The way traffic travels in Aberdeen will also be different as rather than moving around using either cross-city centre journeys or via South/North Anderson Drive at the moment, the AWPR will take a lot of the traffic away.
It is designed so motorists go around the city on the AWPR, and then use arterial roads to get into the part of the city their destination is in. Aberdeen will effectively be split into zones and traffic will be directed into those zones. This means there will be less cross-city centre journeys and less congestion in this area.
The AWPR/B-T will also lead to opportunities to build more cycle and walking-friendly pavements and cycle lanes around the city, as there will be less traffic and will make walking and cycling much more attractive.
The public consultation is further designed to fit into what the public had told what was wanted as part of the City Centre Masterplan.
Aberdeen City Council Transport and Regeneration spokesman Ross Grant said: “The AWPR will make a big difference to how people get around the city, both getting from one place to another and in the city centre.
“Our officers would like to find out how people move about at the moment, and how they think this might change after the AWPR opens, and a similar exercise will be carried out afterwards.
“The city is going through one of the biggest transformations in its infrastructure, with £560million spent on major projects such as the Diamond Bridge, Dyce Park and Ride, and the Berryden Improvement Corridor which are all designed to complement each other.
“This information gleaned from the public consultation will be used to help shape transport policy for the city and we’d love to hear from everyone who uses roads in Aberdeen.”
The consultation is also part of the £3.2million CIVITAS PORTIS European Union grant awarded last year for a north-east transport project involving a consortium of council, university and private partners which is aimed at improving travel in the area.
The public consultation is available at:
and copies are available from any city library, Aberdeen City Council’s reception areas at Marischal College and the Town House, and from
Transportation Strategy and Programmes, Communities, Housing and Infrastructure, Aberdeen City Council, Business Hub 4, Marischal College, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AB.
The survey closes on 31 March 2017.
Do you have or know someone with Dementia? A new booklet has been produced to help those with Dementia travel safely. Below is a…
Do you have or know someone with Dementia? A new booklet has been produced to help those with Dementia travel safely. Below is a link.
Over the past few weeks, new bus passes have been issued to around 40,000 people in Aberdeen. This bulk reissue is now finished and if you have not…
Whether you get your bus pass because you are aged sixty or over, or you get it because of a disability you need to get in touch now as the existing cards will not be accepted on buses from 1st January 2017, so, it’s important you get a new card before then.
The easiest way to know if you’ve got a new card is that the name of the new card is the Saltire Card and this is printed on the card. If you have a Saltire Card, you should start using it now. If you haven’t got a Saltire Card yet, please call the Accord Card team at Aberdeen City Council on 03000 200293.
Don’t delay, call today.
Active Travel Hub innovation daySport Aberdeen and Code the City are inviting people from across Bridge of Don and the wider Aberdeen area to take…
Active Travel Hub innovation day
Sport Aberdeen and Code the City are inviting people from across Bridge of Don and the wider Aberdeen area to take part in a full day community workshop, on Saturday 10 December between 9am and 4pm at Bridge of Don Academy, looking at active travel ideas. The day will consider ideas to develop an Active Travel Hub in Bridge of Don which can promote and support cycling and walking in the community.
The event will be structured across a whole day, and allowing for drop in attendance throughout the day.
This a great opportunity for those interested in active travel to explore the development of a specific hub to promote active and sustainable travel within Aberdeen.
The day will involve:
Identification of potential opportunities or problems relating to the sitting and functionality of an active travel hub in the Bridge of Don area.
Group idea generation session to address each of these areas employing a variety of appropriate techniques in order to generate the best ideas possible.
Team and group work to explore each idea - developing these to envision what future states might be.
Iterative development of prototype ‘solutions’.
Catering (teas, coffee, juices, snacks during the morning and afternoon and a sandwich / pizza lunch) for all participants.
How do I sign up?
Please register your interest via event brite
For more detail on the event please contact Susan Fraser, Project Development Manager, Sport Aberdeen firstname.lastname@example.org
Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans (North East Regional Transport Partnership) are working with local commercial fleet…
Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans (North East Regional Transport Partnership) are working with local commercial fleet operators in a new initiative that will improve air quality.
The ECO Stars scheme encourages and supports operators of HGVs, vans, buses and coaches to run their fleets more efficiently. ECO Stars fleet experts assess each fleet, award a star rating based on current performance and produce a ‘roadmap’ of recommendations which will help operators to reduce vehicle emissions while also reducing operating costs. Membership is free to all fleet operators, irrespective of the size of their operation.
The scheme was launched at the Town House, Aberdeen, yesterday (9 November) with award presentations to inaugural members including DHL, Dyce Carriers, Freelands Freight Services, Hargreaves Logistics and William Walker Transport. The Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council fleets are leading by example and were among the first to sign up to the scheme.
Councillor Ross Grant, Spokesman for Transport and Regeneration at Aberdeen City Council, welcomed members and officials to the launch and said,
“This is the first ECO Stars scheme in Scotland to be run as a partnership and is further strengthened by support from the North East Scotland Freight Forum and Nestrans, for which we are grateful. Participation in the ECO Stars scheme will help the city with its target of reducing carbon emissions by 31% and compliance with national nitrogen dioxide and particulate air quality objectives by 2020.”
The ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme was originally set up in South Yorkshire in 2009, when local councils wanted to tackle local air quality issues caused by transport. Seven years later ECO Stars has gone from strength to strength, with 24 schemes in the UK and several more in Europe.
Mark Cavers, ECO Stars Scotland Manager, said: “The Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire scheme means that all four main cities in Scotland have now joined the ECO Stars network and are working with their commercial fleet operators to improve air quality across Scotland.
Councillor Graeme Clarke Vice-Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee said, “We hope that the north east’s fleet operators will take full advantage of this opportunity to make a difference to their local environment while at the same time improving their bottom line.”
For more information call the ECO Stars Team on 01543 416416 or visit www.ecostars-uk.com
NHS Grampain has announced that work will shortly get underway on a new multi-storey car park for patients and visitors at the Foresterhill Health…
NHS Grampain has announced that work will shortly get underway on a new multi-storey car park for patients and visitors at the Foresterhill Health Campus. Funded by a generous donation from The Wood Foundation, the new facility will add around 1,000 spaces and include charging points for electronic vehicles.
This will necessitate the closure of the existing visitor car park on Monday 17th October. As planned the adjacent staff tarmac car park will be given over to the construction team and a small number of visitor spaces. Visitor parking will be significantly reduced until the expected project completion date of July 2017. Given the existing pressure on car parking on the site visitors are encouraged to use alternatives such as public transport, parking off site or arranging lifts to and from the campus.
There will be no change to patient parking allocation on the core site e.g. at Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, the Rotunda entrance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Aberdeen Maternity Hospital. However it is expected pressure on these spaces will increase during the project. Parking at Foresterhill Health Centre is only for patients attending appointments there.
Details on how to gain information to access the site by bus, car, walking and from out with the Grampian area can be viewed on the NHS Grampian website Further information on travel options including cycling, grasshopper multi-operator bus tickets, car share etc can be viewed on the getabout website.
Anyone looking for advice on their transport options for attending appointments should contact the Transport to Healthcare Information Centre on 01224 665 568 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)
Winners have been chosen and prizes handed out, at the celebration of the Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards. The awards began back in 2014 and…
Winners have been chosen and prizes handed out, at the celebration of the Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards.
The awards began back in 2014 and recognise the work carried out by volunteers across the North East. Categories included Volunteer Driver, Volunteer Escort and Community Contribution of the year for an organisation.
John Clegg was voted Volunteer Driver of the year. John has been volunteering with Fraserburgh Visually Impaired Support Group for over 21 years providing an essential service for local people. He was described in his nomination as “that ‘one in a million’ special person”. The group offers social and emotional support to people with serious sight loss; the members really value the support offered by the group and many describe it as a 'lifeline'. The nomination went on to say “John is always positive, courteous and caring. He has an impeccable manner with members, other volunteers and staff alike and everyone trusts him and feels safe with him”.
Volunteer Escort of the Year was awarded to Janice Laing who has been volunteering her time as a passenger assistant twice a week for over four years with Banffshire Partnership Limited. Janice was nominated because “she is extremely friendly and helpful. She goes the extra mile and has even gone shopping for clients when they have been unfit to make the journey themselves.”
Anita Milne accepted the Community Contribution of the Year award on behalf of the Moray Transport Forum. That nomination said “Anita works tirelessly all year long promoting rural transport as issue. She was instrumental in getting a grant of £5000 to set up a Saturday bus service to three rural villages. She deserves the award for the services she gives freely and for the major improvement in community transport that Moray Transport Forum has achieved”
Andrew Stewart, Health and Transport Action Plan Programme Manager said “Many vulnerable people rely on volunteer transport services to help them access health and social care. The recent awards have highlighted the significant efforts of those already providing voluntary community transport. All the Health and Action Transport Plan (HTAP) partners supporting the awards are pleased to create a platform for celebrating this important sector”
Each winner was awarded a £200 high street voucher donated by sponsors First Aberdeen and Stagecoach North East.
The awards are supported by:
• Aberdeen City Council
• Aberdeenshire Council
• Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations
• Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action
• Community Transport Association Scotland
• First Aberdeen
• Moray Council
• NHS Grampian
• Scottish Ambulance Service
• Stagecoach North Scotland
The awards support the Grampian wide Health and Transport Action Plan.
Transport successes celebrated Members of the Nestrans board have today been praising work done to achieve transport objectives across the North…
Transport successes celebrated
Members of the Nestrans board have today been praising work done to achieve transport objectives across the North east.
The board were discussing the partnership’s annual monitoring report which showed some significant steps towards changing travel habits and meeting emissions objectives, as well as expanding economic opportunities in the region.
Some of the highlights are below:
Councilor Ramsay Milne, chair of the Nestrans board, described the headlines as “incredibly positive and something the whole region should be proud of”. He said: “There are some really strong numbers in this report, which show how much time people are taking to think about their travel choices. It also shows that they are taking on board the safety message and that our communities are expanding economic opportunities.
“We could not report such strong results without great partnership working and the board remains acutely aware that much of this success is thanks to the hard work of others.”
Full content of the monitoring report can be found online herehttp://www.nestrans.org.uk/db_docs/File/Board_Meeting_30_09_2016/3c_Monitoring_Report.pdf
The Love to Ride Cycle challenge starts today! It is for organisations or groups to compete against one another as teams of cyclists, logging their…
The Love to Ride Cycle challenge starts today! It is for organisations or groups to compete against one another as teams of cyclists, logging their journeys with the aim of having the highest proportion of their organisation/group cycling.
There are many prizes up for grabs. All participants are entered into a prize draw!
Participants can register at https://www.lovetoride.net/aberdeenshire/ and the challenge runs throughout the month of September.
Aberdeen City Council, EcoCity Awards recognise and reward local people for their efforts to make Aberdeen a more sustainable city. Members of the…
Aberdeen City Council, EcoCity Awards recognise and reward local people for their efforts to make Aberdeen a more sustainable city. Members of the Sustainable Development Team in partnership with the Environmental Services Team, Transport Team and the Recycling Team, have worked together on the EcoCity Awards 2016 and invite submissions from individuals, community groups, schools, businesses, charities and other organisations.
Sustainable Travel is one of the categories.
Sustainable Travel EcoCity Award
For the individual, organisation or school which has most successfully demonstrated a commitment to promoting and facilitating sustainable travel (walking, cycling, car-share, public-transport etc) in Aberdeen.
In addition there will be two further awards: a Judges Award (for the best new-comer or innovative entry as awarded at the discretion of the judges) and an Overall EcoCity Award Winner (for the most inspiring entry helping Aberdeen to become a more sustainable city). All category winners will receive a cash or voucher prize and a certificate. All finalists will be invited to the award ceremony in November.
Submissions can be made between mid-June until 26th September.
For more information please email email@example.com
New smart multi operator bus tickets were launched today. Hop on, hop off. Any bus, no fuss!For more information please visit…
New smart multi operator bus tickets were launched today. Hop on, hop off. Any bus, no fuss!
For more information please visit http://www.grasshopperpass.com/ or ask your driver.
The new information totems and screens for bus information are now operational at Kingswells and Bridge of Don park and rides. Hopefully these should…
The new information totems and screens for bus information are now operational at Kingswells and Bridge of Don park and rides. Hopefully these should help to make public transport more user friendly in the City. Let us know what you think over on our facebook page.
Grasshopper, the multi-operator bus pass for the north east of Scotland, is now generating over 14,000 passenger trips per month following the…
Grasshopper, the multi-operator bus pass for the north east of Scotland, is now generating over 14,000 passenger trips per month following the scheme’s expansion in June to include bus services across Aberdeenshire.
The Grasshopper Pass is a partnership led by bus operators and administered by Aberdeenshire Council, which is also supported by Aberdeen City Council and Nestrans.
It provides hassle-free bus travel to customers throughout Aberdeen City and Shire as only one ticket is needed to travel on local bus services provided by any operator.
What’s more, the ticket is great value for money as it is cheaper than buying multiple tickets for journeys involving more than one bus operator.
For example, a customer traveling into Aberdeen from Zone 2 (Westhill, Portlethen or Balmedie) on a Stagecoach bus who wishes to travel on First buses within the city can buy a weekly Grasshopper Pass for £22.00, compared to paying £35.75 to buy two weekly tickets for the individual operators.
A Zone 2 day Grasshopper Pass is currently only £6.80 compared to the combined cost of two individual operator day tickets at £9.85.
It is available on local bus services operated by Bain’s Coaches, Central Coaches, Deveron Coaches, First Aberdeen, J&M Burns, Kininmonth Cabs, Mid Deeside Ltd, Nicoll Coaches, Stagecoach North Scotland, Stagecoach Strathtay and TJ Travel.
A spokesperson for the Grasshopper Management Committee said: "The Grasshopper Pass is an exciting and successful partnership between private bus operators and the two local authorities.
“It is one of many investments made by all the partners to improve the availability of bus travel and one that all stakeholders wholeheartedly support."
Grasshopper passes can be bought direct from your bus driver. For further information and details on eligible bus services see: www.grasshopperpass.com
A section of a new shared-use cycle path to link Aberdeen city centre with the Robert Gordon University campus at Garthdee was opened today [Tues 14…
A section of a new shared-use cycle path to link Aberdeen city centre with the Robert Gordon University campus at Garthdee was opened today [Tues 14 July 2015].
Riverdeecycle2 Aberdeen City Council has overseen the creation of the 0.7 miles stretch of the cycling-walking route along the north bank of the River Dee, between the King George VI Bridge and the Bridge of Dee, under a scheme joint funded by Nestrans and Sustrans.
Work began on the £275,000 project in January to upgrade and widen the existing path to bring it up to the appropriate standard for a shared-use cycle path.
New cycle-friendly access points were created, and solar powered LED lighting studs installed to light the path at night were included in the works, of which ACG Contracts was the main contractor.
There are ongoing schemes this year jointly funded by Nestrans and Sustrans to look at extending the route to Robert Gordon University and also to look into crossing provision for pedestrians and cyclists along the entire route.
Aberdeen City Council regeneration and transport spokesperson Councillor Ross Grant said: "We welcome the opening of the shared path, as Aberdeen City Council is committed to making the city a safer and better place for cyclists of all ages, with a programme of creating more cycle paths and routes in conjunction with Nestrans and Sustrans.
"I'm sure many students – and other people just out enjoying the riverside – will get great use out of the path."
Nestrans Chairman Councillor Ramsay Milne, said: "The new riverside cycle path is an excellent addition to the existing active travel network in Aberdeen City and Shire, improving links with existing cycle lanes on Market Street towards the City Centre, the Duthie Park and Deeside Way.
"The path follows a beautiful route and will no doubt be popular and well used with walkers, joggers and cyclists alike.
"Nestrans is delighted to continue working with partners on active travel projects across the area which will encourage people to cycle or walk everyday journeys by linking the places people live in with the places they want to travel to."
Graeme Brown, Infrastructure Partnerships Manager Sustrans, said: "We're delighted to have been able to support the new and improved riverdeecycle1 riverside path between the city centre and the Garthdee campus – a key link which connects local communities with their surroundings, local facilities and each other.
"Sustrans Scotland has been able to contribute to this project using funds from Transport Scotland. We look forward to working in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Nestrans to develop further opportunities for people to walk and cycle short, everyday journeys safely and quickly."
Transport Manager at RGU Judith Logan said: "We actively encourage our staff and students to cycle to the university and it is fantastic that new routes such as this, which provide cyclists with a safe, picturesque way of getting around the city, are being developed."
A new road show giving residents the opportunity to find out more about electric vehicles and available charging points will roll out in Aberdeenshire…
A new road show giving residents the opportunity to find out more about electric vehicles and available charging points will roll out in Aberdeenshire this month.
The Electric Carnival will showcase a range of electric vehicles including models such as Audi’s e-Tron and BMW’s i-8, along with the Nissan Leaf.
It will roll into the main car parks of towns across Aberdeenshire between 10am and 3pm on dates throughout September and into October:
Inverurie, Market Square on Sunday, September 6 2015
Peterhead, Broad Street car park on Sunday, September 13 2015
Westhill, Arnhall Business Park on Thursday, September 17 2015
Aberdeen, Woodhill House, Westburn Road on Fri, September 18 2015
Fraserburgh, Saltoun Square on Sunday, September 20 2015
Huntly, The Square on Sunday, September 27 2015
Ellon, Market Square on Sunday, October 4 2015
Speaking ahead of the events, Chairman of the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr David Aitchison, said: “This is a really exciting time for sustainable transport.
“As well as realising that walking and cycling for short journeys, car sharing, and using public transport for their daily commutes can be very enjoyable, people are beginning to recognise the advantages of low-emission vehicles.
“Aberdeenshire Council is already supporting this emerging technology by working in partnership with Transport Scotland to provide a charging network for plug-in cars.”
Vice-chair of the committee, Cllr Stephen Smith, continued: “By the end of autumn 2015, there will be a charging point in 11 of our key towns and the council’s fleet is already using a number of electric vans.
“The Electric Carnival will give residents an opportunity to find out more about electric cars in a fun and family-friendly environment so please do come along when it rolls into a town near you.”
For more details on charging points available in Aberdeenshire please visit: http://www.greenerscotland.org/greener-travel/elec...
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