Council delays Aberdeen bus gates decision until July as changes proposed

Three new bus gates were installed in the city centre last August
-Credit: (Image: Aberdeen City Council)

Councillors have delayed the decision on making Aberdeen city centre's bus gates permanent until next month's Full Council meeting.

Members called for the traffic measures to be removed following drops in city centre footfall, while others urged for the bus gates to remain amid improvements to public transport.

It follows the introduction of lanes on Bridge Street, Guild Street and Market Street last August, adding to those already in place on Union Street and Broad Street.

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Over 500 objections were sent to the council calling for the removal of the bus gates from residents and businesses who stated how they felt the measures had impacted them.

On Tuesday, the council's Net Zero, Environment and Transport committee, led by local authority co-leader Ian Yuill, considered the decision for over two hours.

The bus gates trial period is set to run for another seven months having been introduced under an experimental order, with the committee backing a proposal to suspend the restrictions along Union Street.

The Granite Mile bus gate, which prohibits drivers from turning left onto Market Street, would be paused during the building of the new Aberdeen Market.

Drivers would then be restricted to a left turn only at the end of Market Street, allowing motorists access to Trinity Quay and then onto Shiprow and Virginia Street.

Six members of the transport committee voted in favour of keeping the bus gates, while three voted for the amendment, with the matter to be carried through to the meeting of Full Council on Wednesday, July 3.