We are looking at how traffic and how people will move around Aberdeen after the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) opens, and how people also use the city at the moment.
Other schemes around the city which will complement the AWPR include the recently-opened Diamond Bridge and Airport Link Road, the soon-to-open Park and Ride/Choose at Craibstone, the planned Berryden Corridor Improvements, and the Haudagain Junction Improvements.
We know the AWPR will make a big difference to journey times going across and around Aberdeen as vehicles will be subject to dual carriageway national speed limits, as compared to the 40/30/20mph limits in the city.
The way traffic travels in Aberdeen will be different as, rather than moving around using either cross-city centre journeys or via South/North Anderson Drive/The Parkway, the AWPR will take a lot of traffic away. Drivers will then use arterial roads to get into the part of the city their destination is in. By improving the arterial routes into the city centre, bus travel will also become more attractive as the reliability and punctuality of bus services will be improved.
Aberdeen City Council is considering splitting the city into zones and traffic will be directed into those zones. This means there will be less cross-city centre journeys and less congestion in the city centre, and it also fits into what the public told us they wanted and what was agreed as part of the City Centre Masterplan,which was to have a 20% reduction of traffic in the city centre. A further benefit of less traffic in the city will be an improvement to air quality.
The AWPR will also lead to opportunities to build more cycle lanes and walking-friendly pavements around the city, as there will be less traffic which will make walking and cycling much more attractive. A key transport objective of the City Centre Masterplan is to make the city centre streets safer and more attractive, by re-routing car and lorry movements to make it easier to walk, to cycle, and to travel on buses. This also links into the Aberdeen City Council Cross City Connections Transport Study which is examining transport connections between new and existing areas of development on the periphery of Aberdeen and in areas of Aberdeenshire close to the city, with the aim of providing viable, attractive and direct linkages as an alternative to the private car. The Cross City Connections Transport Study is available to view in the web links at the bottom of this page.
It further links in with aims of the Aberdeen City Travel Action Plan, which identifies what practical measures ACC can do to increase the proportion of active travel journeys, particularly walking and cycling. You can view the ACC Travel Action Plan in the web links at the bottom of this page.
NOTE: - AWPR = Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route
Why We Are Consulting
In summary, we would like to know how you move around the city just now, and how you anticipate moving around the city after the AWPR opens. Your thoughts on how travel methods should be improved would be appreciated.
Online survey response below is preferable, however hard copies can also be submitted to ;
Transportation Strategy and Programmes
Communities, Housing and Infrastructure
Aberdeen City Council
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