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Spaces for People - Programme


Spaces for People is split into three workstreams, City Centre, Neighbourhood Space and Active Travel Routes

City Centre

A street-by-street approach has been undertaken since the start of the programme, with temporary measures introduced to allow priority to be given to pedestrian space around public transport hubs, core shopping streets and 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) as well as Montrose Street in time for students returning to their studies in September.

Montrose St complete

Other initiatives include automating some traffic lights in the city centre, removing the need to push the button that prompts the green man to display. These adjustments will ease pedestrian movement and ensure there is no need to touch equipment to cross the road.

We have also built bus boarders out into the carriageway at bus stops outside Marks and Spencer on Glassford St and on Trongate outside Tesco Express.  This infrastructure provides additional space for physical distancing at these two pinch points.

Full details of City Centre measures 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.

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

Future Progress:

Plans have also been drawn up for the neighbourhoods below and as the need arises, can be implemented relatively quickly.   As Spaces for People measures are temporary in nature and as such are agile, these outline plans are subject to adjustment in the future if observations indicate a need to change. The order and scope of work is also subject to variation, dependent on various factors including the availability of materials.

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







Full details of those Neighbourhood Space measures already in place 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.

We have also added soft segregation to existing cycle lanes on Corkerhill Road.

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

To further encourage the uptake of active travel, the first 30 minutes of standard nextbike cycle hire is currently at no cost to the hirer. Available until March 2021, this free hire offer is funded by Transport Scotland through the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme. More details can be found here.

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

Images of Measures in Place

Where possible, delineation of road space converted to walking and cycling space will be 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


Visualisation 1 Visualisation 2 Visualisation 3

Visualisations by Stantec

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