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Freight Gateway Inter-connectivity

Aberdeen

City Ports have the interesting environment of having the ‘normal’ ideas of Cityfreight (both consumer distribution and ‘industrial production’) which needs to be monitored, controlled and handled in means which have reduced impact, while at the same time try to exclude transit freight (diverting).

Implementing sustainable mobility

At the same time they have port freight which needs to be efficiently passed often along the same route as Cityfreight without hindrance in line with EN-T connectivity ideals.

Aberdeen Harbour is close to its capacity, as a key port with connections to 41 countries worldwide, a major port in support of North Sea oil and gas extraction industries, and as a Gateway for ferries to the Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland. In 2014 it handled a total vessel tonnage of over 28 million Tonnes, and handled 4.75 million Tonnes of cargo. A proposal to construct a major new harbour in Nigg Bay, some two miles south of the existing port is well advanced and has secured support in principle as a development of national importance in the Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework.

A major new peripheral national highway (AWPR) is also currently being constructed around the North, West and South of Aberdeen city and is due to open in early 2018. These two major developments will dramatically affect freight and general traffic flows around the Aberdeen city region. These flow changes and their effect on mobility issues in the region need analysis and management.

Updated mapping of preferred HGV and freight routes will be undertaken and literature produced incorporating the links to the region’s airport, harbours, TEN-T road network, urban gateways, distribution hubs rail freight terminals, and industrial areas and other relevant locations.

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