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How the Berryden Corridor Improvement scheme is progressing
What's happened recently
The budget for the £26.4million Berryden Corridor scheme as approved at the February 2015 Full Council meeting, including progressing to a detailed design, acquiring the necessary land, and progressing to construction of the scheme.
After this decision was made, a review of the 2009 Preliminary Design was carried out to assess the proposals against current updated Council policies, transport strategies and design standards.
Several changes to the 2009 design were made including:
- Changing the Elm Place/Berryden Road junction from a roundabout to a signalised junction, which will improve pedestrian and cycle provision at this location;
- Extending or adding vehicle turning lanes at several signalised junctions;
- The potential inclusion of a bus gate between Berryden Road and Great Northern Road to improve public transport;
- Incorporating an access into the new Cornhill development;
- Introducing a new Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) ponds at the junction of Berryden Road and Powis Terrace; and
- Adjustments to pedestrian and cycle provision along the length of the scheme.
The section of scheme between St Machar Drive and Don Street to be progressed as a separate phase at a future date - there is currently no proposed timescale for this phase.
In February 2015, Aberdeen City Council approved the budget at a Full Council meeting.
Following this, a report was approved at a meeting in May 2016 which allowed officers to approach the owners and occupiers of properties which are likely to be directly affected by the scheme to discuss the possibility of acquiring land necessary for the scheme.
A further report was approved by the Council on August 2016 which adopted the preferred layout for the Caroline Place/Hutcheon Street junction.
The next stage
It is currently proposed to begin construction early-2018 with the scheme completed by early-2020. The updated Preliminary Layout can be viewed via the following link:
What happened previously
In September 2007, the Policy and Strategy Committee approved a study to be carried out on the Berryden Corridor.
The purpose of the study was to assess the impacts of future growth in this area associated with the development of the city. The study involved computer-based traffic modelling which simulated traffic growth and also tested proposed measures to address predicted traffic movements.
The testing involved a series of incremental improvements as follows:
- Do minimum scenario (leaving the corridor as it is)
- Isolated junction improvements
- Road widening to facilitate public transport
- Converting the existing single carriageway to dual carriageway with associated junction improvements.
The study found that it was necessary to provide the dual carriageway with associated junction improvements to address the predicted traffic movements.
The findings of the study were presented to the Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Committee in November 2009 which approved that the scheme was brought forward to detailed design.
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