10 Jan 2019
Glasgow City Council has proposed innovative plans to install a pedestrianised cap over the city’s centre’s M8, connecting it to the west end.
The cover would be fitted at street level over the motorway, which runs below the area between the Mitchell Library and Sauchiehall Street, and which was originally built in the 1960s and 1970s.
The council will shortly award a £250,000 contract for a design feasibility study into three ideas.
Project one will aim to improve pedestrian links between Sauchiehall Street, the Garnethill district and parts of the city to the west of the M8 corridor.
Project two will physically bridge the gap over the M8 at Charing Cross by introducing a cap which will form a new public space with access from west to east.
Project three would see the area outside the Mitchell Library redeveloped, along with a walkway over the M8 to connect Charing Cross railway station.
A council spokesman said: “While the idea of a cap over the M8 is only one of the proposals now entering the feasibility study stage, it does reflect out ambitions and priorities in putting people at the centre of the regeneration of the city centre.
“The uncovered motorway cutting creates strong negative qualities of separation, noise and air pollution, while the three-lane slip roads on both sides discourage anyone from doing anything other than passing through quickly.”
“Considering how we can best create a district that is healthy and sustainable, with inviting public spaces and a transport network that is easy to get around for everyone, will help to create a thriving city centre.
“The feasibility study will allow us to make an informed decision on the way forward for these proposals based on the costs and benefits, opportunities and challenges that face us as we look to develop the Charing Cross area.”
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