Road and rail­way up­grade re­port de­layed

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS - BY JOSHUA KING

A re­port into mul­ti­mil­lion­pound pro­pos­als to rein­tro­duce a rail­way line north of Aberdeen and over­haul one of the re­gion’s busiest roads has been de­layed.

North-east trans­port part­ner­ship, Nes­trans, has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing how to up­grade road and rail links in Buchan and, this year, ap­pointed two con­sul­tancy firms to explore how the project could be de­liv­ered.

Amer­i­can en­gi­neer­ing firm, Ae­com, was com­mis­sioned to re­view rail in­fra­struc­ture and trans­port con­sul­tant, Sys­tra, has in­ves­ti­gated how the A90 El­lon to Peter­head and Fraser­burgh route could be im­proved. A de­tailed sum­mary of the find­ings was ex­pected to be pre­sented to the Nes­trans board on Mon­day, but the re­port has now been post­poned.

In an up­date to the board, Nes­trans chief Der­ick Mur­ray said: “The two con­sul­tancy stud­ies are at dif­fer­ing lev­els of readi­ness, with of­fi­cer com­ments yet to be in­cor­po­rated into the fi­nal draft of the roads re­port.

“Due to the na­ture of the road and rail as­sess­ment method­olo­gies be­ing quite dif­fer­ent, the reports are not di­rectly com­pa­ra­ble and the ini­tial find­ings should not be taken out of con­text of the full reports.”

He de­scribed the con­clu­sions of the re­port as “com­plex” and sug­gested board mem­bers be briefed di­rectly by the con­sul­tants be­fore re­leas­ing the re­port pub­licly ahead of the next board meet­ing in early Novem­ber.

Mr Mur­ray added: “Mem­bers’ views are sought as to whether such a brief­ing should be ex­tended to other coun­cil­lors, MPs and MSPs and on the ar­range­ments for the brief­ing.”

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