The £250 million Aberdeen City Region Deal was signed on 21 November 2016 and includes joint Scottish and UK Government commitments. It includes the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, Biotherapuetic Innovation Centre, Agri-Food & Nutrition Innovation Hub, Digital Infrastructure, Strategic Transport Appraisal and supporting infrastructure for Aberdeen Harbour Expansion.
We are part of the Transport Working Group taking forward the Strategic Transport Appraisal and considering the investment in improved access for the harbour expansion.
The transport related investment which the Scottish Government announced in addition to the Aberdeen CRD commitment included £24 million funding for the trunk roads programme to support improvements to junctions at Laurencekirk and £200 million to help improve journey times and increase capacity on key rail links between Aberdeen and the Central Belt.
Scottish Government £200 million rail investment
The announcement of additional £200 million will help improve journey times and increase capacity on key rail links between Aberdeen and the Central Belt.
In March 2017 the Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf MSP, announced a dedicated Aberdeen to Central Belt – Reference Group. Drawing together regional and railway interests, members include representatives from Transport Scotland, Nestrans and Tactrans, as well as the ScotRail Alliance, Freight and passenger rail service operators. The team commenced its work in May 2017, with the inaugural meeting taking place on 22 May 2017 in Dundee.