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Moving Aberdeen forward

Local transport links are recognised as one of the key elements of infrastructure that requires to be addressed in the city. The roads network round the city is subject to congestion on key pinch points and ever increasing journey times, including the current travel links to the airport from the city centre and surrounding areas.

As part of Shaping Aberdeen we are investigating various avenues of traffic management and road improvements in order to overcome the city's transport challenges.

For individual projects please see further information below;

Hydrogen Bus Project

Aberdeen is home to Europe's largest fleet of hydrogen buses. There are 10 buses – six of which are operated by Stagecoach on the X17 Aberdeen city centre to Westhill route, while First Aberdeen operates four on the X40 Kingswells to Bridge of Don park-and-ride route.

The buses emit only water vapour, reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, as well as being quieter and smoother to run.

We have now launched the ACHES project (Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage) to install a second hydrogen refuelling station in Aberdeen, in order to develop a hydrogen economy in the region.

Please click here for more information.

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Third Don Crossing

The Third Don Crossing will see the construction of a new single carriageway link road between the Parkway/ Whitestripes Road junction and the Tillydrone Avenue/St Machar Drive junctions, including the construction of the new bridge.

The Third Don Crossing is taking shape:

  • Periphery work is progressing with all retaining walls nearing completion;
  • Concrete has been poured to the Don Bridge deck and copes;
  • The Mill Lane Bridge is also nearly finished; Third Don Crossing Dec 2015
  • Road construction works at the south side of the bridge is continuing; Gordons Mills Road to Meadow Place is substantially complete. From Meadow Place to Coningham Terrace the east side of Gordons Mills Road/ Tillydrone Road is progressing and from Coningham Terrace to St. Machar Drive, Tillydrone Road/Avenue is substantially complete;
  • Construction work is also progressing at St. Machar Drive roundabout where the junctions are to be widened and the roundabout replaced by traffic signals; and
  • Construction of the new road from Grandholm Village to Laurel Drive is well underway and a temporary diversion is in place to and from the village.The pedestrian/cycle underpass is constructed and Grandholm Drive realigned to meet the new road.

Work started in August 2014 and the bridge is due to be completed and open to the public mid-2016.

For more information on this project please visit Access From the North Proposals (Third Don Crossing).

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Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR)

The AWPR is a new road being developed to improve travel in and around Aberdeen and North-East Scotland, in terms of both improved road safety and accessibility. Backed by the Scottish Government, the road is being developed by Transport Scotland - the national transport agency - in partnership with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils.

For more information please visit; Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route

Dyce Drive Link Road and A96 Park & Ride

Work has started on a 15.2million project to create a new 1,000-space park-and-ride site on the A96 in Dyce and a new dual carriageway link road.

For more information please visit;  Construction work starts on Dyce park and ride.

South College Street

Further details for improvements along the South College Street corridor will be revisited once the proposals emerging from the City Centre Masterplan are known.

Berryden Corridor

Aberdeen City Council approved the budget on the 5 February 2015 to progress the detailed design of the Berryden Corridor, acquire the necessary land and to progress to construction. It is currently proposed to begin construction mid-2016 with the scheme completed by mid-2018.

To view more information and see the preliminary plans please visit Berryden Corridor.

Access from the South

The STAG Part 2 appraisal is on-going with an expected completion date of summer 2016.

To view details of the study please visit: Access From the South Proposals

Cross City Transport Connections

The Cross City Connections study is well underway with the inception report completed. The consultants are currently focussing on the Pre Appraisal section of the study which includes the establishment and assessment of baseline information, objective setting, stakeholder engagement and option generation/ sifting. This is a large piece of work and it is anticipated that the Pre Appraisal report will be completed in early 2016.

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