Renewed Portlethen park and ride plans

Traffic at the Bridge of Dee entering Aberdeen from the south is gridlocked most mornings.
Traffic at the Bridge of Dee entering Aberdeen from the south is gridlocked most mornings.

Renewed plans for a park and ride facility in the Schoolhill area of Portlethen have been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council.

Previous plans were lodged in 2011, and met with a mixed reaction from local residents, but the scheme fell through.

This time the plans include approximately 1000 car parking spaces, cycle parking, lorry parking, associated vehicle access, and a facility building.

Residents are concerned that the facility may exacerbate the traffic problem in Portlethen, and there are worries that commuters may not be willing to leave their cars and travel by public transport unless bus lanes are introduced into the city.

Aberdeenshire Council’s head of transportation, Ewan Wallace, said: “The facility allows for cars to be parked securely and journeys continued by bus, cycle or shared cars.

‘‘This will help to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and also queuing and delays affecting the city’s road network.

“The creation of new park and ride facilities is supported by the council’s Local Transport Strategy and the Regional Transport Strategy produced by Nestrans.”