Aberdeen bus-only bridge considered

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A new bridge over the River Don in Aberdeenshire is under consideration, the Aberdeen Evening Express reported.

As part of Aberdeen City Council’s bid to provide more sustainable transport and reduce car use, a study has been drawn up with transport options for the city.

It has focused on transport connections between new areas of residential development at Grandhome, Stoneywood and Blackdog and with key employment centres at Dyce and Murcar, and could include the construction of a bridge over the River Don between Grandhome and Stoneywood.

The bridge would allow access to public transport and active travel only. Only buses would be allowed to use it, along with cyclists and pedestrians.

The report stated: “The development of this key piece of infrastructure would provide benefits for active travel accessibility in the shorter term and enable the operation of successful public transport services in the medium to longer term. The bridge connection is therefore highlighted as the key element to be considered as the study progresses.”

The report also suggested the council engages with the developers of the Grandhome and Stoneywood sites, the relevant landowners and businesses located to the west of the River Don about potential locations for a new bridge.

A total of £100,000 is available in 2017/18 to progress and develop options further as part of a second study. However, officers are working to secure funding to complete the appraisal in future financial years.