Plans have been unveiled today showing potential new public transport and cycling routes across the city – including a new bridge over the River Don.
Nine public transport options and a range of walking and cycling routes are being considered as part of a study to examine the city’s transport connectivity.
The study will examine connections between new and existing areas of development on the periphery of Aberdeen – and areas of Aberdeenshire close to the city boundary – with the aim of providing direct links as an alternative to the car.
Among the options are a new circular route linking Blackdog, Dyce Rail Station, Kirkhill Industrial Estate, Craibstone Park and Ride and Westhill with a new bridge over the River Don.
Other options include a direct route between Dubford and Grandhome with a new bridge over the river and a new circular connection that links park and rides at Craibstone, Kingswells and Countesswells with a potential extension to Portlethen Park and Ride and Chapelton of Elsick.
Aberdeen City Council transport spokesman Ross Grant said: “Officers have looked at the various options for transport connections between new areas of development on the outskirts of Aberdeen and into Aberdeenshire.
“The aim is providing viable direct linkages and improved accessibility as an alternative to the private car.
“The options also examine the advantages and disadvantages of each option for residents, people who work in the area and visitors.
“It’s really important we get feedback from the public, as it really helps to assess the final options put forward.
“I’d encourage people – particularly those who live and work in the new areas of development on the periphery of Aberdeen, and in areas of Aberdeenshire close to Aberdeen city boundary – to go online to the council website to view the options and give their feedback.”
The study will look at a future position when key development sites are built, giving the council the chance to mitigate any potential transport impact.
Residents’ views were sought for the first phase of the study in November 2016 and these views were considered as it progressed.
The city council now wants feedback on the final set of options that are in the process of being appraised in detail.
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Active travel options involve creating a network for commuting and will primarily focus on cycling.
Consideration was given to linking each pair of adjoining development sites to the established interchange points and to nearby key employment areas, particularly in the south of the city.
The feedback from the online consultation will be used to finalise a report for a council committee to consider at a later date.
This will set out the next steps for developing potential city cross-city transport connections.