Following the adoption of the Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan, the impact of the proposed changes on the city’s road network was assessed. This identified a number of transport network changes required to support the Masterplan’s ambitions, with the South College Street Junction Improvements project’s capacity upgrades highlighted as essential prior to implementation of public realm changes.
With the adoption of a new North East Scotland Roads Hierarchy in 2019, changing access to and around the city, South College Street will have an important role in providing a key route to the city centre.
The purpose of the Project is to support the City Centre Masterplan aims to improve the public realm in the city centre. It will do this by providing additional road capacity to accommodate the rerouting of vehicular traffic arising from the implementation of public realm enhancements along Guild Street and Union Street. The corridor’s improved capacity and operation will also complement its position in the new roads hierarchy. In tandem the Project will enhance infrastructure for walking and cycling along its length. Making these improvements is the next step towards providing a transport network to meet Aberdeen’s needs and city centre aspirations.
A detailed appraisal of the required improvements has been undertaken and a preferred option was adopted by the Council in 2017. As the design has progressed further work, including traffic modelling, has been carried out to ensure that the Project will perform effectively. In May 2020 the Council resolved to progress a Compulsory Purchase Order to acquire the land necessary to build the Project.
The Project consists of the following main elements:
- An additional traffic lane along South College Street between Bank Street and the A93 Wellington Place
- An additional lane on Palmerston Place
- A new traffic signal-controlled junction at the intersection of Palmerston Place/ A956 North Esplanade West
- The alteration of the existing traffic signal-controlled junctions at the South College Street/ A93 Wellington Place junction and the South College Street/ Millburn Street/ Palmerston Place junction adding additional approach lanes and improving operational coordination
- New and altered walking and cycling infrastructure along the South College Street and Palmerston Place
- Reconfigured parking and loading areas on the South College Street between the Millburn Street and A945 Riverside Drive
Indicative programming anticipates works to construct the improvements starting Summer 2021 with full opening planned for Summer 2022.
An online public exhibition providing an update on the project design and programme, was held from 9th December 2020 to the 19th January 2021. Panels displaying the information presented during the exhibition are available to view below:-
Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO)
The use of Compulsory Purchase is necessary to acquire land required to build the project. Notice for the making of the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) was served in May 2020. Following negotiations all objections received have now been withdrawn. The order was confirmed by Scottish Ministers in December 2020.
You can read the Scottish Government's guide to compulsory purchase and compensation on their website at the link below:
The Compulsory Purchase Order can be inspected at Town House, Queen Street entrance public notice board, Queen Street, Aberdeen or downloaded below:
Download the CPO map below:
Download the Statement of Reasons below: