Police and other emergency services may hold the key to allowing taxis to use a controversial Aberdeen bus gate.
Councillors voted in favour last year of allowing taxi access to the Bedford Road bus gate and now emergency services will be asked to share their thoughts in a statutory consultation due to start imminently.
The first stage will see representatives from police, fire, ambulance, bus, freight, taxi groups and community councils consulted over how the move would affect them.
The public will also be informed via notices on the street.
Once completed, the results will be reported back to the committee.
Should the committee decide to go ahead, there will also be a public consultation.
Transport spokesman at Aberdeen City Council Ross Grant said: “All councillors agreed at committee that officers should carry out consultation on proposals to allow taxis through the bus gate.
“Therefore I am satisfied that we are delivering on that commitment to go out and consult on this change before it ultimately comes back to committee for determination.”
The gate was installed to stop motorists using Bedford Road as a through road after the Diamond Bridge opened.
The move provoked outrage among many drivers and residents in the area due to a perceived increase of congestion in and around Bedford Road.