Discussions are under way to ban right hand turns at a busy city centre junction.
North-east regional transport body Nestrans, Aberdeen City Council, First Bus and Stagecoach North are all involved in the talks which could see cars being banned from turning right on to Holburn Street from Alford Place.
The move is in a bid to improve journey times between Albyn Place and Union Street, with the junction identified as a pinch point.
It follows concerns that buses trying to get on to Union Street via the Holburn junction are being held up due to tailbacks in the area.
It’s said motorists turning right are blocking buses on Alford Place heading towards Union Street.
Surveys and traffic models have been drafted to identify the impact banning the right turn would have on other junctions nearby.
Nestrans chairman Councillor Ramsay Milne said: “The Holburn Street junction is another area that Nestrans are currently considering how best to improve to ensure our city centre infrastructure serves the needs of the public.
“We are currently modelling options around bus journey time improvements as a means of resolving the issues faced.”
A First Aberdeen spokesman said: “We recognise that our services will be a more attractive proposition for customers if we were able to speed up bus journey times.
“We are pleased that our partners are exploring opportunities where bus journey times could be improved.”
Steve Walker, managing director for Stagecoach North Scotland added his support.
He said: “Congestion in Aberdeen City Centre frequently causes delay to our services, particularly in the peak travel times.
“We will be supporting this study as we are confident a solution will be identified that will ease the congestion around Holburn Street which would then have a positive impact on bus journey times for the 77,000 passengers who choose to travel with us in the city every week.”
But Councillor for the area Alan Donnelly today said he would be against the idea of banning the right turn.
He said: “If we lose this right turn then the next right turn would be at Bon Accord Terrace which just isn’t feasible in my opinion.
“For me, the right turn on Union Street to get to Market Street is worse.”