Council aims to link the North East

Motorists are being urged to take care on the roads.
Motorists are being urged to take care on the roads.

Feedback was heard by the Nestarns Board regarding a study looking into improving the transport links between Fraserburgh and Aberdeen.

Nestrans, a board set up between Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Councils to provide transport improvements, commissioned the Fraserburgh and Peterhead to Aberdeen Strategic Transport Study to look into improving the north-east corridor.

The study covers the 50 mile stretch from Peterhead and Fraserburgh to Aberdeen, it also incorporates the Energetica corridor.

The Nestrans Chair, Councillor Ramsay Milne, said: “Nestrans are pleased to hear that the study is making significant progress.

“The initial report provides a vital examination of current and future transport problems and aspirations in the area.

“This will provide a strong background to inform a range of potential options for improvement to infrastructure and connectivity that will benefit the users of this route.”

As well roads, the board are also considering the costs and benefits of re-opening the Formartine & Buchan railway line.

After the feedback, a pre-appraisal study will be produced, which will “identify appropriate objectives for the project and consider potential options”.

The project as a whole reviews “all modes of transport, including rail, bus, road and active travel connections”.

Talking after the meeting, Cllr Milne was pleased with the outcomes.

“All the recommendations were approved and no adverse comments were made,” he said.

He added that they were looking at “improving the east coast line”.