The work for the George Street area includes:
- George Street from Hutcheon Street to Maberly Street/Spring Garden will remain two-way to all traffic. On-street parking in this section – except the disabled parking bay has been reduced with displaced parked vehicles will be accommodated by additional parking on Maberly Street, Catherine Street and Gerrard Street;
- George Street from Maberly Street/Spring Garden and St Andrew Street will become one-way southbound with a north-bound mandatory cycle contraflow lane. The parking bays on the east side will be retained and the existing single yellow lines (timed waiting restrictions) on the west side will become double yellow lines (‘at any time’ waiting prohibition);
- Cyclists will be exempt from the existing “no entry” signs on George Street at the St Andrew Street southern junction. This is so bike stands within the existing pedestrianised zone can be more easily accessed;
- Maberly Street will be one-way eastbound from Skene Square to George Street. Between George Street and Charlotte Street there will be a shared pedestrian and westbound cyclists’ lane. Between Charlotte Street and Skene Square there will be a westbound mandatory cycle contraflow lane;
- On St Andrew Street from George Street to Charlotte Street/Crooked Lane, it will become one-way west-bound with an advisory bus and cycle contraflow lane east-bound:
- The west-bound bus stop on St Andrew Street between Loch Street and George Street and the north-bound bus stop on George Street between John Street and Craigie Street will be temporarily closed and new stops provided north-bound on Loch Street:
- The south-bound bus stops on George Street between Hutcheon Street and John Street and the east-bound bus stop on St Andrew Street between George Street and Loch Street will move out further from the existing kerbline;
- The city centre 20mph speed limit will be extended with new boundaries at the John Street/Skene Square/Denburn Road junction, the Maberly Street/Skene Square junction, the George Street/Hutcheon Street southern junction and the Gallowgate/Mounthooly roundabout junction;
- More bike stands, seating and greenery will be provided in extended pavements, whilst leaving adequate space for physical distancing.
Three temporary neighbourhood Spaces for people interventions in Rosemount, Torry and George Street which were introduced to increase space for pedestrians due to coronavirus 2m physical distancing are to be removed after Aberdeen is at Level 0 of the Scottish Government’s route map.
Aberdeen City Council’s city growth and resources committee agreed to the move at a meeting on 24 June 2021 after recommendations from the Director of Public Health for NHS Grampian said it would support the removal of the measures due to improved public health position and significant vaccination coverage.
The timetable for the removal is they would start three weeks after the move to Level 0 and they will take approximately 13 weeks to remove. The Scottish Government has indicated it expects mainland Scotland to move to Level 0 on 19 July.