I think enhanced transport links to Aberdeen airport is more for the next few decades, rather than the here and now.
Aberdeen's transport problems centre around it's top heavy dependence on road transport, which will cause some major problems in the next 20 years or so without major transport investments. We have seen that already with the new bypass from Stonehaven being opened, which has effectively put the backburner on any rail projects that could potentially provide solutions to the city's ever problematic capacity problem.
So long as there's road solution, rail in Aberdeen isn't a priority except when it concerns ways to improve the existing network.
I think if a link to Aberdeen airport is to happen, it wouldn't be dedicated to providing the connection to Dyce in it's own right, but rather as part of a wider project such as city centre trams or a refined electric bus network. Either that or Aberdeen airport suddenly sees rapid growth which would justify the link to Dyce, which I can't see happening for decades given the majority of people flying abroad from Aberdeen most likely do so from Glasgow/Edinburgh due to the better offering of budget fares.
I think we're more likely to see a direct link to Peterhead happen before we see any sort of direct rail link between Dyce and the airport.
Though having lived and studied in Aberdeen for a while and had the pleasure of enduring it's public transport, one thing is for sure is that sooner rather than later there will need to be further interventions to ease congestion in the city.
A tram system is highly unlikely, it's just impractical as there's not the demand for it. However there are plans for a BRT system running Airport - Portlethen and Bridge Of Don to Westhill. If it ever actually happens is another question entirely...Exactly this. Aberdeen city governance isn't exactly hot on rail or light rail solutions to it's quite extensive congestion problems.
In the hierarchy of transport projects for the region, Peterhead/Fraserburgh are at the top. Redoubling the short single track to the north of Aberdeen is next. New stations along the existing railway is up there.
It is likely that something will happen in future to better connect Dyce to the airport terminal. However, it's not a priority. The only rail based link I could think of that would be cost effective, and therefore attractive to quite a car-friendly council, would be Aberdeen city getting a tram system which just so happens to extend to the airport, which could be a decade away from planning permission of one ever happens.
The airport is a problem, and it's being looked at, but it's just not a priority. The bus does well enough as is, and there just aren't enough passengers making the journey for a pod or shuttle service to work. It's admittedly a shame, but it is what it is.
New ‘game-changing’ Aberdeen rapid transport proposal to rival £90m Belfast planA new plan to “revolutionise” Aberdeen’s public transport system will look to rival a £90 million scheme already underway in Belfast.
Transport chiefs claim the flagship project, dubbed the Aberdeen Rapid Transit (ART) system, would create “game-changing” public transport for the region – and look to deliver a prioritised, high-frequency tram-like solution for passengers.
North-east transport partnership Nestrans said the scheme would provide four key fast-bus routes linking the airport and P&J Live in the north to Portlethen in the south.
Links from Bridge of Don to Kingswells and Westhill are also being proposed.
It is understood that the project could be the first of its kind in Scotland.
‘Game-changer for public transport in Aberdeen’Councillor Sandra Macdonald, chairwoman of Nestrans said: “It’s probably the flagship project in the strategy that we’ve been pulling together.
“This is a real partnership endeavour and if this ambitious project was to move forward it really would be a bit of a game-changer for public transport in Aberdeen.
“Compared to Edinburgh’s tram-system, for example, this is a much more affordable option for a city of our size and could really change the way our city centre works.”
Mrs Macdonald also said the plan was a “key focus” of part of the north-east’s Regional Transport Strategy (RTS), which the Nestrans board approved today.
It will now be submitted to Scottish cabinet secretary for transport Michael Matheson for approval.
The Belfast project has been described as “a symbol for a modern city in this day in age” and hopes to link communities both in the east and west.It is critical that our public transport offering is attractive, efficient, affordable and can compete with car journey times.”
Councillor Sandra Macdonald
Belfast’s rapid transport system, which will use futuristic Glider buses in dedicated lanes, was initially costed at £80m, but has since swollen to more than £90m.
The north-east transport strategy has been worked up over the past two years.
Mrs Macdonald added: “A key focus of the next RTS is to achieve a 50:50 mode split between car journeys and sustainable options such as public transport, walking and cycling.
“It is critical that our public transport offering is attractive, efficient, affordable and can compete with car journey times.
“Aberdeen Rapid Transit is part of an aspirational package of over 100 proposals in the strategy which aim to improve journey efficiencies, improve safety and enable access for all.”