We are working with partners, including NHS Grampian, to create temporary space for pedestrians to allow them to better physically distance while walking or standing in queues for shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.
The Council was awarded a ringfenced £1.76 million grant on 26 May from the Scottish Government’s Spaces for People fund to carry out temporary works in our streets to help provide space to physically distance in line with government guidance.
The temporary works will help protect public health by reducing COVID-19 transmission in the city which will in turn reduce the number of cases NHS Grampian’s contact tracing team have to cope with, making their intervention easier and more effective. The measures will further help the economic recovery of the city and allow people to continue to use active travel such as walking and cycling. These temporary measures will create the space for people to physically distance near shops and eateries and are facilitating businesses to reopen.
The grant will pay for a roll out of temporary measures to allow people to walk, cycle, and queue for buses and shopping while adhering to the physically distancing guidance. Measures taking place include pedestrianisation, pavement widening, temporary bike lanes, and one-way walking.
Union Street and nearby streets were the first to have the new works installed, and they are continuing to have changes and additional works. Other areas which have had temporary changes to the road layout and on-street parking to widen pavements include Torry, Rosemount, and George Street. The later stages of the works will see temporary changes on Peterculter, Cults and North Deeside Road.
The detailed designs for these other areas are being drawn up and approved in a rolling programme of works, and these detailed designs will be made public only after they’re approved. Please remember the designs are continually being reviewed and feedback from businesses, the public and other stakeholders s being taken into consideration.
Unfortunately, we were not able to carry out the usual amount and levels of consultation and engagement with local residents, businesses and the public for the Union Street works, due to the importance and timescales of having to implement the physical distancing measures for pedestrians as soon as we could. However we are working with local business groups, community councils and other stakeholders in tweaking the designs, and are doing the same for other areas
Many businesses have got in touch to say they are supportive of what we’re doing and understand that due to the timescales of COVID-19, they understand we could not carry out our usual levels of consultation beforehand.
We have had produced a Guide For Businesses which will be distributed to businesses through our contacts and also through partner organisations such as Aberdeen Inspired.
The length of time the temporary measures will be in place will be determined by NHS and Government guidance for physical distancing.
This map showing where Blue Badge parking is around the city centre may be helpful when planning trips:
Taxi ranks have initially been put in on Chapel Street, Hadden Street and Flourmill Lane.
Please see the below map showing where the bus stops are, and which routes serve the stops.
For more details on the specific areas, see below.