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Economy and Transport 2016-12-22T13:20:13+00:00

Aberdeenshire will be recognised as a great place to live, work, invest with opportunity for all

Aberdeenshire is recognised as an attractive place to live and work, with a high quality environment, above-average incomes and low unemployment. The oil and gas sector thrives alongside traditional industries, backed by an enterprising, inventive and skilled workforce and strong academic sector. The Partnership wants to ensure that Aberdeenshire is recognised as a great place to live, work and invest with opportunity for all. Transport is a key issue within Aberdeenshire due to our rurality and the cross-cutting potential of transport to contribute to a broad range of outcomes.

NESTRANS (the North East of Scotland Transport Partnership) and other key partners work closely to deliver actions under this priority.

North East of Scotland Transport Partnership (NESTRANS)

Chair: Cllr Ramsay Milne, Aberdeen City Council

Lead Officer: Derick Murray, Director, NESTRANS

Partners: Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council, Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Purpose: To deliver and develop a long-term regional transport strategy and take forward strategic transport improvements that support and improve the economy, environment and quality of life across Aberdeen City and Shire.

For more information on NESTRANS please visit:

Some of the actions we are progressing within Aberdeenshire:

  • Infrastructure improvements to provide a supportive business environment, promoting investment in the region and providing increased employment opportunities
  • Supporting Aberdeenshire’s town centres
  • Developing a Regional Skills Strategy and a North East Food & Drink Strategy
  • Supporting the delivery of Energetica
  • Improving digital infrastructure across Aberdeenshire, including increasing access to high speed fibre broadband
  • Improving access to affordable housing
  • Delivering demand responsive transport (e.g. A2B Dial A Bus)
  • Supporting the delivery of active/sustainable transport through Getabout and the Health and Transport Action Plan