South College Street Phase 2 - Options Appraisal

Closed 16 Feb 2024

Opened 19 Jan 2024


South College Street Junction Improvements is an ongoing project to improve the operation of the road network and active travel measures, which are required to facilitate the introduction of the City Centre Masterplan. Following the adoption of the Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan, the impact of the proposed changes on the city’s road network was assessed.  This identified several transport related changes required to support the Masterplan’s ambitions, including upgrading of the junction at the Queen Elizabeth Bridge / North Esplanade West roundabout.

To allow improved traffic performance at the roundabout a new link road was constructed between South College Street and North Esplanade West, utilising the existing Palmerston Place. Aberdeen City Council is now undertaking a STAG (Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance) based appraisal of options for transport improvements, in particular public transport and active travel (walking, wheeling and cycling), at the Queen Elizabeth Bridge / North Esplanade West roundabout itself, as part of Phase 2 of the project. This options appraisal study is being funded by Nestrans.

Key aims of the study are to identify options that:

  • Improve Pedestrian, Wheeling and Cycling connectivity;
  • Ensure safe and equitable access for all;
  • Maintain public transport connections;
  • Maintain freight connections through the junction;
  • Optimise the traffic network performance to facilitate the introduction of the City Centre Masterplan;
  • Ensure network resilience.

Below is a link to an information package that details the background to the project, the main issues within the Phase 2 project area, and the four options developed and assessed through the appraisal process. There is also a link to an online questionnaire, further down this page, for gathering your feedback and views on the options developed.


At the end of the questionnaire there is an optional opportunity to provide information about yourself. This is not required to submit your response, however, the information will help us better understand the demographic of people responding and identify if there are any members of the community we are not reaching. All personal data is collected, managed and, stored in line with data protection law. You can view our privacy notice here.

Why your views matter

At this stage we are looking for feedback and views on the four options developed through the appraisal process. This will help inform the selection of an option to be taken forward for further development work, subject to approval by council committee.

Copies of all the information packs are available through links in the 'Related' section at the bottom of this page. In addition, hard copies of the consultation materials are available at Marischal College customer service centre during standard opening hours.


  • Anyone from any background


  • Economic Development
  • Community Safety
  • Community Planning
  • Policies and Strategies
  • Environment
  • Sustainable Development
  • Climate Change
  • Cycling
  • Public Transport
  • Roads and Pavements
  • Traffic
  • Transport
  • Travel
  • Walking
  • City Centre Masterplan