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Christmas rush sees rising city centre traffic levels


Aberdeen city centre is becoming increasingly busy as Christmas shopping gets underway in earnest.

Weekend traffic is becoming noticeably heavier as the festive season draws nearer and car parks are growing increasingly busy.

Aberdeen City Council would like to remind the travelling public of the many transport options open to them, including bus, rail and Park and Ride services running into the city, as well as opportunities to car share, walk and cycle.

As the festive period draws nearer, variable message signs will be used to advise motorists of road conditions in the city and encourage them to use the Park and Ride services. The inner circle of variable message signs will also be used to alert drivers when car parks are reaching capacity.

Stagecoach Bluebird operates services from throughout the north-east to the bus station at Union Square and the Ellon Park and Ride is an ideal service for those travelling in on the A90 from the north.

First Aberdeen operates regular services across Aberdeen seven days a week.

The busiest shopping time at the weekend is from late morning to early afternoon. Spreading your day over this period, or doing your shopping outwith this time can help reduce and avoid traffic build-up and delays.

There are more than 5,000 parking spaces throughout the city centre, all within easy walking distance of the main shopping precinct.

City centre car parks include: Chapel Street, 500 spaces; Denburn, 326 spaces; Trinity Centre, 395 spaces; Shiprow, 365 spaces; Bon Accord Centre - Harriet Street, 370 spaces; Bon Accord Centre - Loch Street, 950 spaces; College Street, 656 spaces; and Union Square, 1,210 spaces.

Motorists are advised to avoid the Market Street/Virginia Street corridor if possible and those who do not need to travel into the city centre are advised to use alternative routes to cross the city.

Drivers are reminded that they should heed the rules of the road and not stop or park in box junctions or on double yellow lines to avoid causing extra congestion and delays.

Further information about public transport services is available online at