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Broad Street Proposals

Transportation assessment to provide a more pedestrian friendly civic square

The Marischal Square development offers an opportunity to consider improvements to the Broad Street corridor, including creation of a multi-functional civic square giving priority to pedestrians.

This is aligned with some of the key principles and aims of the Council's Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan and would contribute to wider ambitions to make Aberdeen city centre an even more enjoyable place to work, live and visit.

Broad Street Proposals Map

The transport assessment considered how the options below will impact on traffic movements around the city centre and we have consulted relevant stakeholders regarding the impact of the options on their customers, users or members. There are 3 options for Broad Street as part of the development. The options include:

  • Option A: No change
  • Option B: Broad Street available for buses, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians only
  • Option C: Full pedestrianisation of Broad Street 

In 2014 a report was presented to Aberdeen City Council Members detailing the Broad Street Civic Square Assessment. This report was supported by a number of technical reports on various aspects of the study to assist in consideration of the options.

The Council resolved:

  • to note the content of the report and the outcomes of the supporting technical reports
  • to agree that option C - full pedestrianisation of Broad Street between Upperkirkgate and Queen Street - best meets the objectives of the project and acknowledge that this option is reliant on additional traffic management measures
  • to instruct officers to report back on the details of the draft Traffic Regulation Order
  • to instruct officers to report back on the outcomes of the future year traffic and air quality model testing for 2023
  • to instruct officers to investigate the feasibility of reopening the Castlegate to traffic and opening Queen Street at the junction of West North Street; and
  • to request officers to provide members with a breakdown of accident statistics for Broad Street

Details of the Marischal Square development are available at the following link


For further information please contact us:

  • Transportation Strategy and Programmes
    Planning and Sustainable Development
    Aberdeen City Council
    Business Hub 4
    Marischal College
    Broad Street
    AB10 1AB
    Phone: 01224 522704
    Fax: 01224 523180


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