As part of our Spaces for People programme which is implementing short-term travel infrastructure to ease physical distancing during COVID-19, we have installed two temporary bus boarders in the city centre.
The bus boarders which are positioned on Glassford Street outside Marks and Spencer, and Trongate next to Tesco Express; extend the footway out into the road, ensuring continued accessibility onto public transport and extra space for pedestrians to move around in these busier areas of the city centre.
Supported by £7.5m funding from the Scottish Government administered by Sustrans Scotland, Glasgow's Spaces for People programme is seeing short-term travel infrastructure implemented in our city centre, city neighbourhoods and active travel routes, forming a key part of the city's strategy for economic recovery.
Spaces for People is widening footways at pinch points to facilitate safer pedestrian movement and easier access to shops, businesses, community facilities and public transport hubs. Consideration is also being given to the positioning of temporary strategic cycling routes to highlight active travel as an attractive, viable choice for everyday journeys.
A street-by-street approach is being taken, 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) and to support students returning to college and university, extra space has also been created on Montrose Street.
Other initiatives in the city centre to ease pedestrian movement include traffic light automation which removes the need to touch the button to prompt the green man to display. The automated traffic 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 already in place, and ongoing can be found here.