Road and railway upgrade report delayed
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.”