Work starts today to temporarily widen footways in areas of Easterhouse as part of our Spaces for People programme, which is providing extra space for physical distancing to protect public health and suppress a resurgence of COVID-19.
These three areas will see short-term infrastructure adaptions that will make it easier for people to move around where space is limited, and more readily access shops, businesses, community facilities and public transport.
On-street parking will be suspended where necessary in the affected areas, with extra space for people made available by repurposing the immediate road space usually occupied by parked vehicles. In general, the programme will see no reduction in the number of disabled parking bays available, and where any are removed to facilitate footway widening, an equivalent number of bays or greater, will be re-positioned nearby.
The northbound carriageway will be narrowed by 2 metres for a distance of 42 metres adjacent to its junction with Wardie Road.
The carriageway will be narrowed by 2 metres on the north side, southeast of Grudie Street. There will be no waiting at any time restrictions in the form of double yellow lines, which will be marked on the south side of the carriageway for a distance of approximately 65 metres.
The bus stop area north of Shandwick Street (southbound carriageway) will be removed, with two new temporary bus stops located on the inside lane of the southern carriageway.
Supported by £3.5m funding from the Scottish Government and administered by Sustrans Scotland, Spaces for People will see temporary infrastructure measures introduced across Glasgow to provide extra space for people to walk, wheel or cycle as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.
Short-term measures across our city centres and neighbourhoods will see footways widened at pinch points to ease pedestrian movement and make it easier to access businesses, community facilities and public transport hubs. Consideration will also be given to the positioning of temporary strategic cycling routes to highlight cycling as an attractive, viable and long term commuting choice.
If you have suggestions for public spaces in Glasgow where it is difficult to maintain physical distancing whilst out walking, cycling and wheeling, please share these on our Commonplace Mapping Tool. In collaboration with Sustrans Scotland, this interactive platform enables users to highlight areas across the city centre and neighbourhoods, where emergency temporary measures such as pavement widening and new cycle lanes could be introduced to help people maintain physical distancing and suppress a resurgence of the virus. The mapping tool closes on 10 July 2020.