ACTIVE travel connections are being provided at a new civic square on Glasgow’s South Side thanks to a £120,000 grant from Sustrans.
Glasgow City Council has accepted the money from the sustainable transport charity as part of the development of the square in Shawlands and Queen’s Park.
It is located outside Langside Hall at the junction of Pollokshaws Road and Langside Avenue and is expected to be complete in late 2018. It will feature high-quality paving, cycling provision, market space, a performance platform and lighting improvements.
To improve active travel connections between the civic space and Queen’s Park, a new route has been introduced along with associated cycle infrastructure.
To meet the resulting increased project costs, an application was made to the Sustrans Community Links Fund.
The square is the third phase of environmental and public realm improvements to take place through the £3.3million Shawlands Town Centre Action Plan, which has also delivered initiatives to reinvigorate the area, support businesses and help attract further customers and visitors.
Work in the earlier phases included improvements to the public realm on Kilmarnock Road, Pollokshaws Road, Skirving Street and Minard Road.
Councillor Anna Richardson, convener for sustainability and carbon reduction at Glasgow City Council, said: “The new civic square in Shawlands will be a great asset and a real community focus for the people of the area. The active travel route connecting the town centre, the square and Queen’s Park will bring economic, social and environmental benefits, and so we very much welcome this funding from Sustrans.”