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Overview

As part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal funding, Glasgow City Council is investing approximately £115 million within the city centre to deliver on the Enabling Infrastructure - Integrated Public Realm (EIIPR) programme.

More commonly known as the Avenues programme, this will see streestscape improvements made to the public realm, supporting a key strategic objective of the City Centre Strategy and Action Plan 2014-19: the establishment of principal Avenues throughout the city centre to form an integrated network of continuous pedestrian and cycle priority routes.

The Avenues will be used as a binding mechanism to integrate public realm and placemaking initiatives, making the city more attractive, "people-friendly", and economically competitive.

Community Benefits

The EIIPR programme is essentially a quality place-making scheme that will transform 17 key streets and adjacent areas (or "Avenues") in Glasgow city centre, through the introduction of an improved external environment that will rebalance traffic modes, introduce green and SMART infrastructure, and place "people" firmly at the heart of the project vision and design strategy. 

The ambitious project aims to transform the face of the city for all those who live, work and visit.  It will see key Glasgow city-centre streets redesigned to protect and prioritise space for cyclists and pedestrians, improve connectivity, introduce sustainable green infrastructure through attractive streetscapes and enhancing biodiversity and improve the way public transport is accommodated.  

The improvements include:

  • Increased pedestrian / cycle space
  • Continuous footways
  • Segregated cycle lanes
  • Gree/Blue Infrastructure
  • Reduced street clutter
  • Intelligent Street Lighting (ISL) and improved lighting features

Consultation

Consultation has taken place on Argyle Street to determine how the area could be transformed in the future, with an emphasis on pedestrian and cycle priority. 

You can see the design ideas for Argyle Street, St Enoch Square and Dixon Square pdf icon here [1Mb].

Thanks to over 250 people who responded to our online survey seeking views on those initial design ideas,75% of respondents said that they would be more likely to visit the city centre once the proposals have been completed.  Confirming one of the main objectives of the Avenues project, which is more attractive and brings economic growth. 

When asked how they would like the street to feel in the future, typical responses were:

  • "Spacious and clean and friendly"
  • "Not dominated by cars, vans or buses. More relaxed and easier to cross at junctions."
  • "Definitely greener, with more trees and grassy areas. Less hectic and busy. More areas for sitting."
  • "Busy with people not motor vehicles."

These and many other comments will be immensely helpful as we work up the designs over the coming months.

Details of future consultation events will be updated on this webpage.

Projects

The current projects are listed below:

  • Sauchiehall Street West: between Charing Cross and Rose Street
  • Argyle Street West:  between Junction 19 of the M8 motorway and Buchanan Street
  • Argyle Street East: between Buchanan Street and High Street/Saltmarket
  • Dixon Street/St Enoch's Square
  • The Underline:the section of road that links Great Western Road with the city centre and includes New City Road and Cambridge Street
  • Sauchiehall Street Precinct
  • North Hanover Street/Kyle Street:the section of road that links development activity to the north of the city centre to George Square
  • Cathedral Street
  • Elmbank Street/Elmbank Crescent
  • Holland Street/Pitt Street
  • Stockwell Street/Glassford Street
  • Broomielaw/Clyde Street
  • St Vincent Street/St Vincent Place/Cochrane Street
  • George Street
  • Hope Street
  • John Street
  • International Financial Services District (IFSD)

Project Progress

Sauchiehall Street between Charing Cross and Rose Street is currently being developed as a proof of concept and will act as a demonstrator project for the overall plan.  Construction work commenced on the Sauchiehall Street Avenue in January 2018 and is anticipated to last approximately 18 months. Other Avenues will be progressed in phases over the next 8 years. 

The existing Sauchiehall Street construction programme has been impacted as a result of the recent fire at the Glasgow School of Art.  Further information will be made available in due course.

In 2017, civil and structural engineers, Civic Engineers were appointed to lead a multi-disciplinary team who will take the project concept design and public consultation for the first full phase of Avenues, known as "Block A", through to developed design stage.  The first phase of Avenues includes:

  • Argyle Street (Anderston station to Glasgow Cross), St Enoch Square and Dixon Street
  • Sauchiehall Street precinct, Cambridge Street and New City Road
  • Cathedral Street and North Hanover Street
  • pdf icon Avenue Phasing Map [1Mb]

Public consultations on the design of this first phase will take place during 2018 and 2019.  Please see the Consultation tab for more information.

Further updates will be uploaded as and when available. The phasing can be found under Related Documents on the right.

Fact File

Location
  • Glasgow city centre

Electoral Ward

 

 

 

 

  • 10 - Anders/City
  • 5 - Govan
  • 8 - Southside Central
  • 9 - Calton
  • 11 - Hillhead
  • 12 - Partick West
  • 16 - Canal
  • 17 - Springburn and
  • 18 - East Centre
Budget
  • £115m

Current Stage 
 

  • Sauchiehall Street pilot under construction, design and consultation
    on first full phase of Avenues network is underway.
Completion Date                
  • 2025
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