Aberdeen Access from the South – Bridge of Dee study

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Public Consultation September 2013

Aberdeen Access from the South – Bridge of Dee Study

Introduction

Aberdeen City Council is consulting on this key transportation project to investigate capacity issues and potential opportunities relating to the existing transport network in the Bridge of Dee area of Aberdeen.

The aim of the consultation is to engage with the public on the options being considered, obtain feedback and report findings as part of the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) Part 1 Assessment.

As well as the consultation information being made available on this website, a series of public exhibitions are being held at a number of locations and a questionnaire will be made available for feedback.

Problems and Objectives

The following existing and potential future traffic issues were identified in Bridge of Dee area:

  • The Bridge of Dee is a bottleneck with congestion during peak periods;
  • The existing bridge road carriageway and footway widths are sub-standard with Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) needing to make a 2km detour onto local roads; and
  • Growth associated with delivery of the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development plan involving additional housing and population demands will increase the number of motorists utilising the road network, potentially increasing pressure at key locations such as the Bridge of Dee

The study identified the following objectives against which proposed options are to be measured:

  • Support the implementation of the current Development Plans by 2030 in a manner which does not result in increased journey times compared to 2010 for all classes of road users;
  • Incorporate measures which benefit public transport and active travel and encourage modal shift from private car use;
  • Improve safety, security, amenity and connectivity for non-motorised road users and communities within the study area;
  • Deliver air quality and noise impact benefits in areas adjacent to the local road network by directing traffic towards the strategic road network;
  • Recognise the importance of the River Dee SAC and the Category A Bridge of Dee and develop proposals minimize overall environmental impacts, including at these locations, to a level acceptable to the consenting authority; and
  • Support the effective operation of the local and national transport networks, including use by traffic of appropriate distributor routes


Options

A number of options have been identified that are considered to meet the above objectives and these have been developed in consultation with Stakeholder groups. Descriptions of each option are given below along with a link to drawings being presented at the exhibitions.

Do Nothing
Doing nothing has been considered however it is anticipated that a solution will be needed in the Bridge of Dee area due to increased demand from housing and employment in the city. Doing nothing will also inhibit growth in the city.

Concept 5
A new downstream crossing is proposed with junction improvements; a new shared use cycleway/pedestrian bridge crossing adjacent to the existing Bridge of Dee; a new single carriageway link road between Leggart Terrace and A90 Stonehaven Road; and the widening of the existing Bridge of Dee road carriageway to enable HGVs and public transport to utilise this route.

Concept 6
A new upstream crossing is proposed with junction improvements; a new shared use cycleway/pedestrian bridge crossing adjacent to the existing Bridge of Dee; a new dual carriageway link road between Garthdee Road and A90 Stonehaven Road including the new crossing; Improvements to Garthdee Road to allow two lanes in each direction; and the widening of the existing Bridge of Dee road carriageway to enable HGVs and public transport to utilise this route.

Concept 6A
Similar to Concept 6 this concept provides a new upstream crossing with junction improvements; a new shared use cycleway/pedestrian bridge crossing adjacent to the existing Bridge of Dee; a new dual carriageway link road between Garthdee Road and A90 Stonehaven Road including the new crossing; and the widening of the existing Bridge of Dee road carriageway to enable HGVs and public transport to utilise this route. Concept 6A also includes a single carriageway link road between Garthdee Road and the A90 South Anderson Drive.

Concept 7
A new adjacent crossing is proposed with junction improvements and a new single carriageway link road between Leggart Terrace and A90 Stonehaven Road. The existing Bridge of Dee will become a dedicated non-motorised user facility.

A plan showing the proposed Non Motorised User crossing associated with Options 5, 6 and 6A can be found from the link below:

As already stated a series of Public Exhibitions are being held as part of this consultation and a questionnaire will be available for feedback. See the links below for access to the exhibition material:

A questionnaire for feedback (both an online and pdf version) is available below:

The venues and dates for the Public Exhibitions are as follows.

  • Tuesday 17 September Inchgarth Community Centre, Craigievar Crescent, Garthdee 12.00 to 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 18 September South Holburn Church, 539A Holburn Street 10.00am to 8.00pm
  • Thursday 19 September Marischal College, Broad Street 10.00am to 5.00pm

The plans will be on display in the venues at these times, and staff will be there in order to explain the options in more detail and to answer any questions. We would wish to receive your comments via the questionnaire by no later than 4 October 2013.

Any additional comments can be made in writing with the heading “Access from the South – Bridge of Dee Study” to:

Transportation Strategy and Programmes
Planning and Sustainable Development
Enterprise Planning and Infrastructure
Aberdeen City Council
Business Hub 4
Ground Floor North
Marischal College
Broad Street
Aberdeen
AB10 1AB

Comments can alternatively be emailed to: programmes@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Please make sure the subject heading contains the words: “Access from the South – Bridge of Dee Study”.

If you require any further information please contact Aberdeen City Council on 01224 523476.

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