Aberdeen Rapid Transit (ART) investment in the North East is welcomed by NESTRANS

The Scottish Government has published its master plan for future transport investment, which highlights projects such as a public transport system for Aberdeen

The Second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) makes 45 recommendations under six key themes that aim to make transport in Scotland more sustainable.

Recommendations include-

Public transport in the Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen areas: Clyde Metro is a multi-billion investment which, when completed, could better connect over 1.5 million people to employment, education and health services in and around the Glasgow urban area. Plans for Edinburgh and South East Scotland public transport and Aberdeen rapid transit will also be drawn up.

Rural transport and island communities: continue investments in the renewal of ferries, improve port infrastructure and connections between ferry terminals and other types of public transport in order to reduce car dependency, improve island connectivity and make safety improvements on major rural roads where accident rates and severity are generally higher.

Decarbonising public transport: transport is Scotland’s biggest carbon emitter and the recommendations focus on decarbonising and changing behavior for ferries, trains and buses, as well as increasing ridership to zero-emission vehicles.

Improve active transportation infrastructure: encourage more people to walk, ride and cycle more often; reduce carbon emissions and improve health and well-being, especially of children, while supporting sustainable economic growth.

Transforming freight: developing a net zero freight and logistics network for Scotland that would encourage a shift from road to rail or water and reduce total distance travelled, including a review of rail freight terminals/hubs .

Welcoming the review, Nestrans Councilor Chairperson Sandra Macdonald said: “Together with Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire City Councils, Nestrans has contributed significantly to the STPR2 process, promoting the northeast regional interests.

The themes of the national document align with our own Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) and provide a solid foundation to advance what we want to achieve here over the next 20 years.

“To reduce car miles, improve air quality and move towards Net Zero, we need sustainable alternatives to car travel that are attractive, accessible and efficient.

“I am particularly pleased to see two projects highlighted that will directly support public transit and active travel in the North East.

“The Aberdeen Rapid Transit (ART) program is a flagship project of the North East Regional Transport Strategy.

“In the years to come, it will deliver transformational public transport, connecting key routes with state-of-the-art, high-frequency vehicles that are efficient and competitive with a car journey.

“This will help bring positive social, environmental and economic benefits to the region.

“The development of a network of active travel highways along Aberdeen’s key routes underpins the development of active travel across the region, providing safe dedicated space for walking and cycling across the city. with connections to an extensive network of links to the wider north- eastern region.

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