Public asked for feedback on third Don crossing

The public are to be asked to shape the scope of the review for the £22.3million third Don crossing project through community councils.

A review of the project is to be held – as normal with a large-scale development – and, in order to ensure that it does not miss anything that local communities through which the new road passes, people are being asked for their input.

Local community councils are to be asked to share and collate information, and people can also send information to AccessFromTheNorth@aberdeencity.gov.uk

The review is so far going to include: movement /flows - comparison with predicted flows and movement patterns; safety - safety audit findings, are there any driving practices that are needing to be addressed through further features/measures.

It will also include: environmental considerations - noise including modelling and actual surveys inside identified properties along route both north and south of the river (properties would be identified from initial modelling), air quality including before and after surveys.

The review will further include: landscaping such as are there areas where the method of landscaping needs revisited; localised impacts - impact on parking, effectiveness of traffic management changes, and positioning of bus stops and shelters.

Aberdeen City Council Transport and Regeneration spokesman Councillor Ross Grant said: “From the outset, we committed to working with the surrounding communities at the start of the project to make sure it works for them as much as possible, and the review is part of this process.

“We’d love to hear from people - via the community councils – what topics should be included in the review and if there are any extra we have not considered already.

“I’d encourage people to get in touch with the community councils on both sides of the River Don to provide the feedback for the review.”

Officers are to finalise the overall scope of the review in early December and intend to take a report back to councillors in the first half of 2017.

The third Don crossing over the River Don was officially opened in June cheered on by hundreds of pupils from two local primary schools Danestone and Riverbank.

The project, which involved the construction of two major bridges, 2.4km of new roads, and new cycleways and pavements, was designed to connect with other major infrastructure projects which will transform moving around the city including the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR/B-T), the £19million Berryden Corridor, and the £426,000 A96 Dyce Park and Choose.

The new crossing was designed to make difference getting around the north of the city for people who live, work or spend leisure time in the area, and also to mean better connectivity to other parts of the city for residents and visitors.

The new crossing over the River Don is part of £516million of capital investment over the next five years by Aberdeen City Council to help the city achieve the ambitions in the Regional Economic Strategy, Strategic Infrastructure Plan and recently-agreed City Region Deal – it’s also part of the biggest regeneration programme of the city’s history involving new schools and cultural centres.