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October 11 2016

Aberdeen grants go-ahead to Broad Street overhaul
Aberdeen City Council has given the green light to the transformation of Broad Street into a ‘pedestrian priority’ route extending Union Street to the Gallowgate/Upper Kirkgate junction.

This will see a number of streetscape improvements carried out including a water feature, raised planters, tree planting and seating with traffic restricted to buses only.

Informal pedestrian crossing points will be denoted by tactile paving in contrasting materials to allow use by the visually impaired
As part of this work improvements will be made to lighting at Marischal College and capacity will be factored in to convert the route into a venue for programmed events throughout the year.

In a statement the Council said: “The plans include the shared pedestrian/cycle pavement extending towards Union Street with the existing Caithness paving, the traffic lights at Upperkirkgate and Gallowgate to be removed and replaced with a shared surface for vehicles and a roundel (a mini-roundabout with a road surface feature that indicates roundabout driving rules apply and pedestrians are given priority), and a Toucan crossing (pedestrian/cycle crossing) created at the Union Street/Broad Street junction.”

The Broad Street project forms part of the City Centre Masterplan and is being funded through a developer obligation of Muse, who are currently delivering the mixed use Marischal Square project.

Work is expected to get underway in February for an August completion.

5 Comments

Dave
#1 Posted by Dave on 11 Oct 2016 at 11:00 AM
Yawn...
Matt
#2 Posted by Matt on 11 Oct 2016 at 12:43 PM
Feel like i have been hauled back to 1982...
A Local Pleb
#3 Posted by A Local Pleb on 11 Oct 2016 at 20:21 PM
Its great that they are looking to overhaul this area but the proposals are as exciting as the drab grey granite.
Dearie Dearie Me
#4 Posted by Dearie Dearie Me on 15 Oct 2016 at 14:38 PM
What an inviting place that will be . . . no sunlight/warmth, no views to speak of, winds funnelling through to/from Union Street and down off of all the high buildings, exhaust fumes from all the idling busses . . . at what point to ACC admit they dropped the ball on this one?

Why not put this out to competition, what could possibly go wrong!?
Dave
#5 Posted by Dave on 17 Oct 2016 at 10:00 AM
@#4 - Indeed, where was the public contracts notice for this? We get notifications for all types of design/construction projects that go out to a public contract tender, such as this should have been unless it was done in-house. Don't remember seeing any notice...

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