Two multi-modal transport corridor projects are to be progressed to Detailed Appraisals and Outline Business Cases after approval at committee today.
Aberdeen City Council’s City Growth and Resources Committee agreed to the move for the A92 Bridge of Don to Bridge of Dee and the A947 from the Bucksburn roundabout in Aberdeen to the Parkhill junction on the bypass (AWPR) corridor studies.
Detailed appraisals of the potential options and outline business cases for both are to be reported back to the Net Zero, Environment and Transport Committee and will be subject to funding requirements.
Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Ian Yuill said: “How we shape our future roads, cycling, and walking infrastructure is important for the route to net zero so we are pleased to see progress continues on these two transport corridors.”
The reports to committee for the A92 and A947 corridors presented the outcomes of a STAG-based initial appraisal which included an initial extensive review of the problems and opportunities along the corridor was undertaken.
Transport planning objectives were subsequently drawn up, together with a long list of options which were subject to consultation with stakeholders and the public and have now been filtered down. The transport planning objectives then shaped options which are to be taken forward to Detailed Appraisal, further design work, and Outline Business Case development.
The 16 options for the A92 transport corridor include:
- Implement new / improved active travel crossings at junctions and key desire lines along the A92 corridor;
- Implement two-way segregated cycle lanes throughout the A92 corridor;
- Ensure cyclists are given priority over vehicular traffic when on segregated routes that cross side roads
- Implement early release signals for cyclists at all signalised junctions (new and existing);
- Review and improve active travel signage throughout the corridor;
- Consider the introduction of orbital bus services, which avoid interchange in the city centre;
- Review of accessibility to bus stops along the corridor;
- Replace some or all roundabouts on corridor with signalised junctions to enable improved bus priority and safer crossings for pedestrians and cyclists;
- Introduce a 30mph speed limit along the length of the A92 to improve road safety.
The 67 options for the A947 transport corridor include:
- Review the layout of Victoria Street / Pitmedden Road for pedestrians;
- Reconfigure the Auchmill Road/Oldmeldrum Road junction to improve connections for pedestrians and cyclists;
- Provide a formal pedestrian crossing point to the north of the A947/Riverview Drive Roundabout to facilitate movements to the Formartine and Buchan Way;
- Provide a formal pedestrian crossing point to the east of the A947/Riverview Drive roundabout;
- Improve active travel connectivity between the A947 study area and Aberdeen Airport/Heliport;
- Improve active travel connectivity between the A947 study area and TECA;
- Improve active travel connectivity between the A947 study area and Kirkhill Industrial Estate;
- Provide improved active travel links between Dyce Rail Station and the A947 and the eastern section of Dyce, particularly along Station Road;
- Review layout of the A947/McDonalds access road junction;
- Undertake a review of parking arrangements on Victoria Street;
- Introduce placemaking and gateway features on Victoria Street;
- Implement a package of measures to support implementation of a 20-minute neighbourhood in Dyce;
- Consider options to reduce vehicle speeds on Bankhead Road.
The full report to committee for the A92 Transport Corridor can be viewed at item 10.2 at Agenda for City Growth and Resources Committee on Wednesday, 21st September, 2022, 10.00 am (aberdeencity.gov.uk)
The full report to committee for the A947 Transport Corridor can be viewed at item 10.3 also at Agenda for City Growth and Resources Committee on Wednesday, 21st September, 2022, 10.00 am (aberdeencity.gov.uk)