Bus Priority Rapid Deployment funding will see a series of measures implemented in the coming months to give priority to buses at key points across Glasgow's road network.
It is intended that the temporary infrastructure, which will include pop-up bus lanes and upgrades to road traffic signals, will improve journey times and the reliability of bus services which will be of particular benefit to those using public transport during COVID-19. It is also anticipated that that the new infrastructure will support the bus industry by incentivising bus trips ahead of private car, and in doing so help protect air quality.
Pop-up bus lanes have been earmarked for several streets within the city including the city centre, and stretches of the Springburn Expressway and Paisley Road West. A feasibility study for bus priority measures on the city centre-bound Clydeside Expressway is also planned. In addition, traffic signal improvements to reduce delays and offer priority to buses are in scope for junctions where pop-up bus lanes are provided, including corridors within the city centre.
£1m funding was awarded to Glasgow City as part of a joint bid from eight local authorities in the Glasgow City Region for financial support from Transport Scotland's Bus Priority Rapid Deployment Fund.
A total of £1.8m was awarded to the Glasgow City Region Transport Transition Plan Group for a range of measures that will support public transport in the area. Projects outwith Glasgow City that will benefit from the fund include pop-up bus lanes in Clarkston, Renfrew, Giffnock and Clydebank. Many of the routes identified lead into Glasgow City.
The pop-up bus lanes in Glasgow are scheduled for sections of the Springburn Expressway, King George V Bridge, Bothwell St (between Pitt St and Hope St), Renfrew Street (between Cambridge St and Renfield St), Paisley Rd West (at Bellahouston Park), Barrhead Rd (between Pollok roundabout and Crookston Rd) and Braidcraft Road (between Pollok roundabout and Corkerhill Rd).