The Nestrans transport partnership, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and the North East Bus Alliance are developing plans for a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Aberdeen as part of a transport strategy for north-east Scotland.
Aberdeen Rapid Transit (ART) would use tram-style bendybuses like the Van Hool Exqui. City fleet on the Glider service in Belfast and on order for Sprint in Birmingham, dedicated bus lanes and off-board fare collection, with fast boarding and alighting helping deliver a speedy and reliable service. “It is our aim for ART to provide high-capacity and high-quality vehicles, and journey times competitive to car, to provide an attractive way to travel, being accessible and easy to use,” says Nestrans.
“Our vision is for a cross-city network of ART priority routes that connect people to the places they want to go to: key education, employment, healthcare, retail and leisure destinations; the airport and railway station, as well as the city centre.” It would be fully integrated with the wider transport network.
Nestrans is working with the Scottish government and other partners to develop the vision and explore funding options that would enable delivery of ART. If funding becomes available, it will aim for ART to be implemented over the next five to ten years.