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Spaces for People - Programme


Here you will find details of the Spaces for People programme, under its three workstreams, City Centre, Neighbourhood Space and Active Travel Routes.  As soon as more information about programme phasing is available, it will be added to this site.

City Centre

A street-by-street approach will be undertaken, with temporary measures introduced to allow priority to be given to pedestrian space around our transport hubs, core shopping streets and any identified pedestrian pinch points.

Work completed so far includes footway widening around Glasgow Central Station High and Low Level entrances to provide additional queuing space, as well as footway widening and road closures in and around George Square.

A bus/cycle/taxi gate has been added to George Square (south) and South Frederick St (north), and a bus/cycle/taxi lane on Cochrane Street, to create sustainable transport corridors. This work was completed in tandem with pavement widening on Hope Street, Union Street and Bath Street and the build out into the road of temporary bus boarders to ensure continued accessibility onto and off, local service buses.

Footways have also been widened on Renfield Street and West George Street (between Wellington Street and Renfield Street) as well as Montrose Street in time for students returning to their studies in September.

Montrose St complete

Proposed Streets in Scope:

Spaces for People - City Centre map

pdf icon Spaces for People: Proposed Streets in Scope (City Centre) at 4 June 2020 [235kb]

Albion Street
Argyle Street (west of Hope St)
Bath Street (west of Hope Street)
Bath Street (up to Wellington Street)
Bell Street
Bothwell Street
Cathedral Street
Cochrane Street
George Square (E)
George Square (N)
George Square (S)
George Square (W)
George Street
Glassford Street

Gordon Street
Hanover Street
Hope Street
Ingram Street
Jamaica Street
John Street
Martha Street
Montrose Street (George Street to Ingram St)
Montrose Street
North Portland Street
North Hanover Street
Oswald Street
Queen Street
Queen Street (Ingram Street to George Square)
Renfield Street

Renfrew Street
Richmond Street
Robertson Street
St Vincent Place
St Vincent Street (up to Wellington Street)
St Vincent Street (west of Wellington Street)
South Frederick Street
Stockwell Street
Union Street
Waterloo Street
West George Street (up to Wellington Street)
West Nile Street
Wilson Street
York Street

Other initiatives include automating some traffic lights in the city centre, removing the need to push the button that prompts the green man to display. These adjustments will ease pedestrian movement and ensure there is no need to touch equipment to cross the road.

Full details of City Centre measures already in place and ongoing can be found here.

Neighbourhood Space

This workstream enables the temporary re-allocation of road space for physical distancing outside shops, and will primarily involve the removal of kerbside parking.

The first phase is focused on providing additional space for walking and wheeling in neighbourhood shopping streets, with priority given to areas requiring additional support further to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation; as well as those spaces where issues with queuing have been observed.

Phase 1

Cardonald (Paisley Road West,
off Moulin Road)
 Easterhouse (Westerhouse Rd,
Bogbain Rd & Shandwick Street)
Cardonald (Paisley Road West, off Moulin Road)  Easterhouse
Parkhead (Tollcross Road and Westmuir Street) Tollcross (Tollcross Road)
Parkhead (Tollcross Road and Westmuir Street)  Tollcross (Tollcross Road)
Partick (Dumbarton Rd) Shawlands
Partick (Dumbarton Rd)  Shawlands
Cessnock (Paisley Road West, off Cessnock Street)  
Cessnock (Paisley Road West, off Cessnock Street)  



Phase 2:

Berryknowes (Paisley Road West between Bucklaw Pl & Lamermoor Ave) Bridgeton (Main Street)
Berryknowes (Paisley Road West between Bucklaw Place and Lamermoor Avenue)  Bridgeton (Main Street)
Cathcart (Cathcart Road) Finnieston (Argyle Street: Between Regent Moray St and Breadalbane St)
Cathcart (Cathcart Road)  Finnieston (Argyle Street: Between Regent Moray St and Breadalbane St)
Croftfoot (Carmunnock Rd, Drakemire Dr and Carmunnock Rd) Gorbals (Crown Street)
Croftfoot (Carmunnock Road, Drakemire Drive and Carmunnock Road)  Gorbals (Crown Street)
Govan (Govan Road, Langlands Road and Burleigh Street) Byres Road
Govan (Govan Road, Langlands Road and Burleigh Street)  Byres Road

Phase 3:

Duke Street  
Duke St   
Possilpark Shettleston
Possilpark  Shettleston
Shettleston Springburn
Shettleston OSR  Springburn

Whilst work is planned in phases, the order and scope of work can be subject to change, dependent on various factors including the availability of materials.

Full details of those Neighbourhood Space measures already in place and ongoing can be found here.

Active Travel Routes

This workstream seeks to provide additional active travel routes to encourage cycling for everyday journeys, and ultimately aims to deliver 36km of new (soft) segregated cycle lanes across the city.

So far we have created temporary pop-up cycle lanes at Broomielaw, Dumbreck Road, London Road (Phase 1 and Phase 2), Great Western Road (Duntreath Avenue to Lincoln Avenue), Gorbals Street, Cumbernauld Road, Provanmill Road. Bilsland Drive, Hawthorn Street and Kelvin Way.

We have also added soft segregation to existing cycle lanes on Corkerhill Road.

When determining which schemes to take forward, a variety of factors are considered including, population density, areas requiring additional support further to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), road safety, access to local facilities, impact on public transport corridors and connectivity into the wider cycle network.

Phase 1

Full details of temporary Active Travel Routes already in place and ongoing can be found here.

Other initiatives proposed include cycle parking at 50 new locations, such as in George Square and an expansion of Glasgow's popular cycle hire scheme operated by nextbike.

To further encourage the uptake of active travel, the first 30 minutes of standard nextbike cycle hire is currently at no cost to the hirer. Available until March 2021, this free hire offer is funded by Transport Scotland through the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme. More details can be found here.

Images of Measures in Place

Where possible, delineation of road space converted to walking and cycling space will be done as unobtrusively as possible using signing and lining, however in most cases physical barriers will be required.

Example of Measures now in George Square:

Geo Sq 2 Sustrans

Example of a Pop-Up Cycle Lane on Cumbernauld Rd:

Cumbernauld Rd complete cycle lane 3

Example of Footway Widening in Easterhouse:

Easterhouse 1


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