Views sought to improve transport connections

Buchan residents are keen to see the A90 dualled between Peterhead and Aberdeen, an idea seconded by local councillor Tom Malone
Buchan residents are keen to see the A90 dualled between Peterhead and Aberdeen, an idea seconded by local councillor Tom Malone

A study considering options for improving transport connections between Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Aberdeen is seeking public input to understand the problems faced by users of the corridor.

Nestrans, along with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Transport Scotland have appointed a collaboration of three companies, SIAS, Peter Brett Associates and Energised Environments, to look at all modes of transport including rail, bus, road and active travel connections.

The research comes as part of a commitment from the Nestrans Regional Transport Strategy re-fresh, published in January 2014, and also includes consideration of the costs and benefits of re-opening the Formartine and Buchan railway line.

The area covered looks at the 50 mile stretch from Peterhead and Fraserburgh to Aberdeen and Dyce, incorporating the Energetica corridor.

Undertaken in line with Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG), the study will include consultation with stakeholders, businesses and communities; development and consideration of the objectives for the corridor; and consideration of options across all modes for achieving the objectives set. 

As part of this, the public are being asked for their views via an online questionnaire on how the transport network could be improved to support local people by improving strategic connectivity for employment, leisure, health and social purposes.

By engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, the study hopes to identify the problems, issues and opportunities for the area as well as understanding the transport aspirations of the region to inform solutions to meet future transport problems.

Nestrans Director, Derick Murray, said: “The questionnaire is a great opportunity for the public to share their views and help shape the future of transport in the area.

“Once the initial phase of analysis and engagement has taken place, the data gathered will be used to develop potential options for further investigation which will go back out to consultation later in 2015.”

The questionnaire will run until Friday, May 22 and can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/FPAstudy.