15 Mar 2019
Glasgow councillors have agreed to submit a funding application to Sustrans Community Links, in a bid to extend the council’s Avenues programme.
The £115 million project has been piloted with work on Sauchiehall Street, which is expected to be completed in May, and will act as a demonstrator for the overall development.
The improvements to the street will include free WiFi and intelligent street lighting, an avenue of trees, segregated cycle lanes, increased pedestrian space and continuous footways.
The project aims to introduce green infrastructure, extend pedestrian walkways and reduce space for vehicles, and is expected to upgrade at least 17 key streets across the city centre over the next six years.
The areas identified for the Avenues project have been divided into three main blocks (A, B and C), but new streets have now been identified across the city which could be transformed into cycle and pedestrian-friendly areas.
Block A includes the Sauchiehall Street development, and will also include the transformation of Argyle Street, Dixson Street and St Enoch Centre.
A contract for Block B has been awarded to the council. It will develop active travel routes at the proposed River Park, aiming to develop new public and green space along the banks of the River Clyde, and attract investment funding.
The Block C design contract is expected to be awarded in July 2020.
For more information on the Avenues project, please visit: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=22752