Rejuvenation plans unveiled for Glasgow’s Byres Road

WORK is expected to begin in January, to revitalise a key Glasgow street into a food and drink destination.

Byres Road, in Glasgow’s West End, is to benefit from Glasgow City Region City Deal funding – provided by the Scottish and UK governments, each to the tune of £500m.

Says a Glasgow City Council announcement, here: “This Glasgow City Region City Deal project aims to rejuvenate the quality of the Byres Road streetscape and public realm to create a people-focused place that improves the pedestrian experience, enhances the economic vibrancy of shops and services, and makes the area more cycle- and environment-friendly.”

Phase one – Partick Cross to University Avenue – is expected to be completed by summer 2024, with work being carried out by MacLay Civil Engineering.

The works timetable was approved today by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet.

Adds the announcement: “The designs for the project have been informed by a series of engagement sessions and workshops that have taken place in recent years, and their main features include: the introduction of a one-way gyratory system at the southern end of the street; reducing the speed of traffic through the introduction of a 20mph speed limit; reducing the width of the carriageway and removing a number of on-street car parking bays to create additional pedestrian and cycling space; widening and upgrading of footways to make pedestrian movement along the street more relaxed and enjoyable and to reduce the width of crossing points; introduction of step-free crossings at side streets; enhancing ‘key corners’ to create distinct and attractive spaces along the street where people can sit and rest; and the introduction of protected cycle infrastructure including a contraflow cycle lane to allow cyclists a continuous route between Great Western Road and Partick Cross.”

Picture credit: Glasgow City Council

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