A street-by-street approach has been adopted, with temporary measures introduced to allow priority to be given to pedestrian space around our transport centres, core shopping streets and any identified pedestrian pinch points.
Work completed to date 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, including North Hanover Street at Queen St station. A bus/cycle/taxi gate has also been added to George Square (south) and South Frederick St (north), and a bus/cycle/taxi lane on Cochrane Street to speed up journeys and support sustainable transport.
Footway widening around core streets within the city centre was also implemented last year at locations including Hope Street, Union Street and Bath Street as well as Renfield Street and West George Street. Extra space has also been created on Montrose Street to support students. Following a period of monitoring and review however, the barriers which were initially deployed to extend footways out into the road are in the process of being removed at the majority of locations apart from around George Square and the train stations. As part of an ongoing review, consideration will be given instead to the construction of temporary, level surface footways and/or the installation of more attractive infrastructure designed to ease pedestrian movement. Full details about these revisions was published in January 2021 and further updates will follow as soon as possible.
Current initiatives to ease pedestrian movement in the city centre include the installation of two temporary bus boarders - one on Glassford Street outside Marks and Spencer, and the second at Trongate next to Tesco Express. This infrastructure extends the footway out into the road, ensuring continued accessibility onto public transport whilst providing extra space for pedestrians at noted pinch points. Additional temporary bus boarders are also planned for other locations within the city centre and should be complete by the end of February 2021.
We have also implemented traffic light automation in the city centre which removes the need to touch the button to prompt the green man to display. The automated lights will also where appropriate, be set to either minimise pedestrian waiting time or increase the duration the green man is displayed; with both adjustments made where possible.
Full details of temporary city centre projects previously delivered or ongoing can be found here.