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Spaces for People - Programme


Since the first lockdown im March 2020, Spaces for People has been making temporary travel infrastructure changes across our City Centre, Neighbourhood Space and Active Travel Routes

City Centre

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.

Geo Sq 2 Sustrans

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 (January 2021) the footway widening barriers have been removed at the majority of locations apart from around George Square and the train stations. Instead, consideration is being given to the construction of temporary, level surface footways around busier bus stops and the installation of more attractive infrastructure designed to ease pedestrian movement. Work starts soon for example to add decorative planters to areas within the Merchant City that make it easier to maintain physical distancing - with further, similar measures to be publicised on the Spaces for People webpages as soon as possible.

Current initiatives to ease pedestrian movement in the city centre include the installation of bus boarders. The first two were places on Glassford Street outside Marks and Spencer and 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. Building on this progress, several more new temporary bus boarders are also now in pace across the city centre.

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 are also where appropriate, set to either minimise pedestrian waiting time or increase the duration the green man is displayed; with both adjustments made where possible. Coming soon, this popular measure which is now in operation at over 50 sets of lights will be rolled out more widely throughout the city.

Automated x-ing

Further plans for the city centre include:

  • Larger style planters and trees will be used around George Square to green the space as well as restrict vehicle movement. Complimentary work is also expected around St Vincent Place and Queen Street, as well as Merchant City.
  • Temporary footway widening will remain in situ around our main transport hubs and busier bus stops, however further measures may be needed elsewhere as and when restrictions are anticipated to ease, and footfall starts to increase.

Full details of temporary city centre projects delivered/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 primarily involves the removal of kerbside parking. We have also acted to widen footways where pinch points have been identified at Shawlands Primary School and Lourdes Primary School.

The first phase of work at the height of lockdown restrictions, was 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.

Cardonald 1

We initially widened footways at Easterhouse, Cardonald, Tollcross, Parkhead, Cessnock, Shawlands, Bridgeton, Partick (Dumbarton Rd), Finnieston and Byres Road.

Whilst some of the footway widening measures have since been removed following a period of monitoring and review, the infrastructure can be readily reinstated should the need arise.  This flexible approach also applies to other areas such as Berryknowes, Cathcart, Croftfoot, Gorbals, Govan, Duke Street, Possilpark, Shettleston and Springburn - with detailed plans already drawn up for these areas which can be mobilised quickly if required.

Projects implemented to date:

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

Bridgeton (Main Street)

Finnieston (Argyle St) Hillhead (Byres Rd)
Finnieston (Argyle Street: Between Regent Moray St and Breadalbane St)  Byres Road

Potential Future Projects:

Berryknowes (Paisley Road West between Bucklaw Pl & Lamermoor Ave)

Berryknowes (Paisley Road West between Bucklaw Place and Lamermoor Avenue)

Cathcart (Cathcart Road)

Cathcart (Cathcart Road)

Croftfoot (Carmunnock Rd, Drakemire Dr and Carmunnock Rd)

Croftfoot (Carmunnock Road, Drakemire Drive and Carmunnock Road)

Gorbals (Crown Street)

Gorbals (Crown Street)

Govan (Govan Road, Langlands Road and Burleigh Street)

Govan (Govan Road, Langlands Road and Burleigh Street)

Duke Street

Duke St







Schemes that discourage 'through traffic' within areas we know are routinely used as rat-runs, are also in development with the first low traffic neighbourhood delivered at Dennistoun. These projects aim to make neighbourhood streets calmer and more people-friendly, and so encourage greater uptake of active travel.

We have also reconfigured the road layout on Kelvin Way to balance the provision of extra neighbourhood space for walkers, wheelers and cyclists whilst enabling vehicular access into the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - see Sustrans' video of how locals are enjoying the new space.

Kelvin Way revised complete Sept 2020

We will also be increasing the signage within our parks and providing wayfinding on routes to help ease physical distancing. A programme of vegetation clearance to remove obstructions on public footways is also being undertaken.

Full details of temporary Neighbourhood Space projects already delivered, 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.

Bilsland Drive complete cycle lane 3

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.

Work is currently underway at Brockburn Road, Cambridge Street, Braidcraft Road and Royston Road.

We have also added soft segregation to existing cycle lanes on Corkerhill Road and Clarence Drive with similar work to follow on Wallacewell Road and Howard Street.

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.

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

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

School Car Free Zones

Following a sucessful trial in 2019 that saw significant reductions in traffic around the six primary schools involved, Spaces for People funding has enabled the council to introduce on a temporary basis, a further 20 School Car Free Zones. The zones are designed to prohibit cars and other vehicles from driving up to school gates between 8.30am and 9.15am and then 2.30pm and 3.15pm each weekday, during term time.

Battlefield School Car Free Zone

What do the Measures Look Like?

Where possible, delineation of road space converted to walking and cycling space has been 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 and on Montrose St:

Geo Sq 2 Sustrans

Montrose St complete

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

Cumbernauld Rd complete cycle lane 3

Example of Footway Widening in Easterhouse:

Easterhouse 1

Use of Shared Space on Kelvin Way:

Kelvin Way complete 2

Spaces for People Animation:

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