North-east transport links under spotlight

The upgrading of the A90 north of Ellon is seen as vital to economic expansion.
The upgrading of the A90 north of Ellon is seen as vital to economic expansion.

Campaigners seeking better transport links in the 
North-east have been 
boosted by a new report.

Consultants for the area’s transport partnership Nestrans have identified seven options for delivering improvements between Aberdeen and North 
Aberdeenshire.

Attending the public engagement meetings is crucial for us all to ensure our views are taken into account

Councillor Gillian Owen Ellon and District

Among them are road upgrading, including phased dualling, and reinstating the Dyce to Buchan rail line.

The next stage will involve a series of public engagement events, one of which will be held in Ellon later 
this month.

A dualling of the busy A90 beyond the town and the restoration of the former Buchan rail link are high on the list of measures being sought by campaigners seeking to relieve congestion on the roads and open up economic opportunities for the area.

Local Councillor Gillian Owen, who is spearheading the Why Stop at Ellon? initiative, is encouraged by the latest move and delighted to have the issue “on the 
agenda”.

She said: “I must emphasise that no decisions have been made yet and that this the pre-appraisal report which develops the issues identified.

“The assessment will consider the pros and cons of each of the seven options, including high-level cost estimates incorporating on-going revenue costs and savings to enable a comparison against the identified objectives for the project.

“This is only the start and we have a long way to go. Attending the public engagement meetings is crucial for us all to ensure our views are taken into account.”