GLASGOW City Council has confirmed it will finalise a £21.3million deal with active travel organisation Sustrans for the Avenues Plus project, which will see the existing pedestrian and bike-friendly Avenues programme extended to connect the city centre to surrounding neighbourhoods.
The project will cover five routes on the fringes of the city centre:
— Cowcaddens Road (from Cambridge Street to North Hanover Street), programmed for construction between February 2024 and September 2025
— Dobbie’s Loan (from North Hanover Street to Canal Street) programmed for construction between August 2023 and Secember 2024
— Two routes involving Duke Street (from High Street to Bellgrove Street and John Knox Street from Duke Street to High Street / Castle Street), programmed for construction between October 2023 and September 2025
— South Portland Street (from Carlton Place suspension bridge to Norfolk Street) programmed for construction between March 2023 and July 2024
The Avenues Plus project will complement and be delivered alongside the ongoing Glasgow City Region City Deal-funded Avenues programme in the city centre, with the latter delivering 17 Avenues when complete. The Sauchiehall Avenue, completed in September 2019, is the first of these.
The programme will transform streets by providing green and active travel infrastructure, increased pedestrian space and improved connectivity/accessibility.
The aims of Avenue Plus include the creation of a series of high–quality walking and cycling links, featuring cycling storage hubs and programmes to encourage the use of these links, bringing health, social and environmental benefits to Glasgow. The Avenues Plus project will be delivered over a five-year period.
Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The Avenues project represents the greatest transformation of our city centre in a generation -– and this funding will allow us to go further; reaching into communities that really should be considered part of that beating heart of the city.
“It is about a more liveable, sustainable and open centre –- with environmental, social and economic benefits for those that live and work in it, as well as those who visit. It is also about a healthier city, with better opportunities to walk and cycle.”
Karen McGregor, Sustrans director for Scotland said: “We are delighted to be funding Glasgow City Council’s Avenues Plus project. This ambitious project will transform the streets leading into Glasgow’s city centre, making it easier for people to move around safely for everyday journeys whether it be walking, cycling or wheeling.”